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March 18, 2014 at 4:11 PM

Camano Island homicide suspect shot by police dies

A homicide suspect who was shot by police in Mukilteo following a pursuit Feb. 16 has died of his wounds, police said.

Riley Leif Ottersen died at 9:27 p.m. Monday, according to a news release from the Snohomish County Multi-Agency Response Team (SMART), a team of detectives from various law enforcement agencies who respond to and investigate police use-of-force incidents. The exact cause of death will be determined by the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Ottersen, 34, was a suspect in a double-shooting on Camano Island who was shot himself after leading police on a chase, police said.

The incident started on Camano Island about 3:15 p.m. Feb. 16, when emergency dispatchers received reports of shots fired at a residence, Island County Sheriff Mark Brown said at the time. “There was two victims — a male who was shot in the neck and a female who was shot in the arm,” Brown said.

One of the victims, Bret Berlin, 44, later died.

Police spotted a gold Toyota Camry fleeing the shooting scene and pursued the car onto southbound Interstate 5 from the Stanwood exit. The suspect ultimately headed west onto state Highway 526 before the pursuit ended near 92nd Street Southwest and 53rd Avenue West in Mukilteo after police fired several shots.

The incident remains under investigation by the SMART team.

Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Camano Island, homicide, Mukilteo


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