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October 16, 2014 at 5:44 AM

Source: Domestic-violence case may have fueled shots at police

Update 2:19 p.m.

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office said the suspect in a shooting spree Wednesday night was armed with “several guns.”

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Shari Ireton said the 43-year-old suspect was obviously targeting police and his motive is something that’s being sought by detectives.

Ireton said it will take detectives several days to investigate what happened in Granite Falls, Marysville and Lake Stevens. Two Marysville officers fired their guns during the shooting spree, the sheriff’s office said.

“Marysville was the most dynamic [scene] with the most officers involved,” said Ireton.

Ireton said that between 9:15 and 10:15 p.m. 911 dispatchers received approximately 30 “shots fired” calls from people in the three cities.

In addition to the suspect, who remains hospitalized, a Marysville police sergeant was also hurt. Ireton did not specify the types of injuries either man suffered.

Update at 2:05 p.m.

A 43-year-old Granite Falls man accused of shooting at police in three different Snohomish County cities late Wednesday night remains hospitalized, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.

Once he’s discharged, the man, who has not been identified, will be booked into the Snohomish County Jail for two counts of investigation of first-degree assault with a firearm and three counts of investigation of drive-by shooting.

Ireton said in the news release that the investigation is ongoing. A motive has not been released.

During the shooting spree at least two Marysville police officers fired their guns, Ireton said. The officers, who have been with the agency three and a half and five years, are on administrative leave. The sheriff’s office has not said what the two officers fired at.

Update at 10:38 a.m.:

Granite Falls Police Chief David Bowman, who crashed his pickup while responding to Wednesday’s night shooting spree, was taken to a Mount Vernon hospital.

State Patrol spokesman Mark Francis said that Bowman suffered an apparent medical condition during the shooting spree. The State Patrol reported Thursday morning that Bowman was driving south on Interstate 5 to help catch the gunman when his medical condition caused him to swerve and crash his Ford F150 into the cement barrier.

He was taken to Skagit Valley Hospital and later transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, a Skagit Valley Hospital spokeswoman said. Details of his present medical condition have not been released.

Update at 9:50 a.m. A Snohomish County man accused of shooting up police stations and patrol cars in three Snohomish County cities Wednesday night may have been involved in a domestic-violence incident in the last week or two.

A law enforcement source tells The Seattle Times that the 43-year-old man was angry with how the domestic violence incident turned out and lashed out at Granite Falls, Lake Stevens and Marysville police by shooting at them.

When asked about the suspect Thursday morning Snohomish County Sheriff Ty Trenary said he didn’t know the man’s name nor did he know his alleged motive.

Trenary said he has asked his deputies to brief him Thursday morning.

He said the man is still hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries and is being treated at Providence Regional Medical Center, in Everett.

The sheriff’s office is expected to release additional information after 2 p.m.

The Associated Press

MARYSVILLE — An officer who was injured helping arrest a man suspected of shooting up police stations and patrol cars in three towns in Snohomish County is recovering.

The Marysville sergeant was treated at a hospital and released, the sheriff’s office said.

The suspect was hospitalized early Thursday with non-life-threatening injuries, the sheriff’s office said.

There’s no other information on the suspect or what may have prompted a half-hour shooting spree Wednesday night at law enforcement in Granite Falls, Lake Stevens and Marysville.

Initially, an unoccupied patrol car was shot at the Granite Falls Police Department around 9:30 p.m., said sheriff’s spokeswoman Shari Ireton.

A few minutes later, shots were reported at the Lake Stevens Police Department. No one was hurt in those two shootings.

Then there were reports of additional gunfire involving a law enforcement vehicle in the Marysville area where officers had been looking for a white pickup.

Mackenzie Harris, 17, of Marysville, told KOMO-TV that she was outside with a friend when she saw officers pull over a pickup. The truck driver then pulled out a gun and started shooting.

“We heard gunshots, so we ran inside,” she said. “While we were running up to my room, we heard, like, two dozen more shots being fired. We walked back down stairs and heard cops screaming and a bunch of yelling.”

The suspect was arrested around 10 p.m. Investigators found several guns in and near the truck driven by the suspect.

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