Northwest NEWS

April 2, 2001


Man carries out one-half of deadly threat

by Jeanette Knutson
   Staff Writer
   BOTHELL - On Tuesday morning, March 27, an elderly man called Seattle media threatening to kill three employees at Allstate Insurance Co. in Bothell and then kill himself.
   KING-5 and KOMO 4 television stations notified City of Bothell Police of the alarming calls, who in turn dispatched one sergeant and two officers to Allstate's regional headquarters located in the 18900 block of North Creek Parkway, said City of Bothell Public Information Officer Joyce Goedeke. The police initiated a building lockdown then awaited the man's arrival.
   Meanwhile other officers were sent to the Bothell residence from which it was believed the call to KING-5 was made. No one was at the house, but police, anticipating trouble, secured the area, evacuating three nearby homes, said Goedeke.
   Shortly after 9 a.m., the suspect, driving an old Ford pickup truck, showed up at the Allstate building. When he spotted police, he drove off, heading northbound on North Creek Parkway. Police pursued as he turned left into a neighboring business park parking lot. There he exited the cab and shot himself in the head with a small caliber handgun.
   Police worked to revive the man, who was still breathing after the gunshot. Medics were summoned and he was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle where he died approximately two and a half hours later, Goedeke said.
   Though it has been reported that the gentleman in question was distraught over insurance premiums he could not afford, City of Bothell Police are still investigating motives leading to the thwarted attack and unfortunate suicide.