Police shoot suicidal man in Bothell

  • Written by Don Mann
As of Saturday afternoon the 68-year-old Edmonds man shot by police in Bothell Friday was still at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle having undergone surgery for at least one gunshot wound.

His condition was unknown at press time.

Agents from the Snohomish Multi-Agency Response Team (SMART) were still investigating the incident, which began at about 1:30  p.m. Friday when a woman called police to report her husband was suicidal, possibly armed, and had left his house in a pickup truck.

According to SMART, officers from the Edmonds, Mountlake Terrace and Bothell police departments were involved in pursuing the man, who was reportedly spotted near Highway 104 and Interstate 5 and refused to pull over when prompted.

A low-speed pursuit ensued, and police deployed a tire-spike strip on SR 522 in Bothell which the man ran over driving westbound toward Kenmore. He then made a left turn on 96th Ave. NE and came to a stop near the Wayne Golf Course.

“He ended up getting out of the vehicle and shots were fired,” SMART Public Information Officer Aaron Snell told Q13 Fox news.

He did not say if the subject was armed, how many shots were fired, who fired the shots and why.

“Officers need to respond quickly and don’t have a lot of time to respond and need to react with their training,” he said.

A KOMO news report said at least seven bullet holes were in the windshield of the pickup. At 10:30 p.m. Friday — eight hours after the incident — 96th Ave. was still blocked to traffic, with police car lights flickering and officers milling about.

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