Police say a bystander shot his pistol to scare off a man threatening to kill a woman with a knife in Everett this afternoon.
The bystander told Everett police he’d ordered a 48-year-old man chasing and threatening to kill the woman with a knife to stop his attack near the intersection of 34th Street and Lombard Avenue.
Concerned that the woman might be killed if the man didn’t stop chasing her, the 61-year-old Arlington man fired one shot into the air around 4:30 p.m.
The man with the knife then stopped chasing the woman and was held by several people nearby until officers arrived to take him into custody. He was booked into Snohomish County Jail for unlawful possession of a dangerous weapon.
The woman fled the scene and has not been identified, according to Everett police. Detectives are still investigating who she is and where she may have gone.
Police interviewed the bystander after the incident, and no charges are expected to filed against him, according to a release from the Everett Police Department.