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June 20, 2013 at 10:51 AM

Neighbor: Lynnwood man killed by deputy was armed with gun

The law enforcement team that investigates police shootings in Snohomish County hasn’t released new information on last night’s shooting near Lynnwood that left a 46-year-old man dead.

But one neighbor told Q13 that the man shot by a Snohomish County sheriff’s deputy was armed with a gun.

“My neighbor was outside with Roman candles, shooting those off, and a police officer showed up and told him to stop, so he turned a Roman candle and pointed  it at an officer,” Benjamin Smokovich told Q13 last night. “And the police officer pulled out a gun and my neighbor went  inside, grabbed his own gun and then that’s where I started to hear, ‘Put the  gun down, put the gun down,’ bunch of screaming, tons of cop cars.

“There was a bunch of fire exchanged, and an ambulance showed up and took him  off …” he said.

Smokovich told the TV station he was in his room with the window open when he heard the confrontation. It wasn’t clear if he actually saw what transpired between the deputies and the man who was shot.

Another neighbor, Zachary Schreven, told KIRO-TV he also heard deputies order the man to drop a gun. “I could hear them yelling, ‘Drop it! Get on the ground!’ Then after that, what seemed like 10 shots went off,” Schreven said

The shooting took place around 7 p.m. as deputies were investigating a court-order violation near Martha Lake, according to Aaron Snell of the Snohomish County Multiple-Agency Response Team, which investigates police shootings. The confrontation began when deputies found the subject of the order near 152nd Place Southwest and Meadow Road, Snell said.

Neighbors told several local television stations that the man was throwing firecrackers at deputies, but Snell could not confirm that last night. Snell also did not say how many deputies opened fire.

We’ll update this post as soon as we have additional information.

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