Update| 12:58 p.m:
A 27-year-old man who was carrying a rifle down a street in Edmonds this morning is in serious condition at Harborview Medical Center after police fired at him following a verbal confrontation, police said.
The two Edmonds police officers at the scene were not injured.
Police spokesman Aaron Snell, who is with the Everett police, said the Edmonds man had been walking in an area near Edmonds Elementary brandishing a rifle. His behavior prompted two 911 calls from nearby residents beginning around 7:30 a.m. It doesn’t appear the man discharged the weapon.
Two Edmonds officers responded, issued verbal commands to the man, then fired at him, Snell said. Snell would not say where the man was wounded or how many times he had been shot. The incident occurred near the 1200 block of Puget Drive.
The road at Olympic View Drive and Puget Drive has been closed until further notice, police said.
The two officers involved in the incident are a sergeant with 15 years on the Edmonds force and a corporal with 14 years experience in Edmonds. They have been placed on administrative leave while the investigation continues.
The Snohomish County Multi-Agency Response Team is investigating.
From Staff Photographer Lindsey Wasson:
A man walking down an Edmonds street carrying a rifle was shot and wounded this morning during a confrontation with police, Edmonds police say.
Interim Police Chief Al Compaan said two Edmonds officers responded to a report of a man in the street with a shotgun or rifle about 7:30 a.m. The officers were not hurt in the incident near Puget Drive and Olympic View Drive. The man with who was shot was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
Seattle Times news partner KING 5 reports that someone in the area says he heard something like a rifle shot.