The man who was shot Saturday by Edmonds police after he reportedly pointed a rifle at officers has a history of mental illness, police said this morning.
The wounded man, 27, of Edmonds, is in stable condition at Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center, according to Aaron Snell of the Everett Police Department, speaking on behalf of the Snohomish County Multiple Agency Response Team. The team investigates officer-involved shootings in the county.
Snell said the man will face assault charges once he is released from the hospital. He will not be identified until he has been charged, he said.
Snell said the man had made no threats to the citizens who called 911 to report he was walking down an Edmonds street Saturday morning with a .22-caliber rifle. Witnesses said Edmonds police gave several verbal commands for the man to the put down the rifle, Snell said. He said the man did not comply and at one point leveled the weapon at police, prompting two officers to open fire.
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.