A man who was shot over the weekend by Edmonds police officers after he allegedly leveled a .22-caliber rifle them has been released from Harborview Medical Center and booked into Snohomish County Jail on suspicion of assault in the second degree.
The 27-year-old was identified as Aaron K. Eckley in a news release from Aaron Snell of the Everett Police Department, on behalf of the Snohomish County Multiple Agency Response Team, which investigates officer-involved shootings in the county.
Police said Eckley has a history of mental illness. He made no threats to the citizens who called 911 to report he was walking down an Edmonds street Saturday morning with the rifle. He refused to put down the gun after police gave several verbal commands for him to do so, police said, and officers fired when he allegedly aimed it at them.
The two officers are a sergeant and a corporal with 15 years’ and 14 years’ experience on the Edmonds police force. Both have been placed on administrative leave.