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October 20, 2014 at 11:53 AM

Suspect in Snohomish County shooting spree angry police didn’t kill him

The man accused of going on a shooting rampage last week by driving around and firing on police in Granite Falls, Lake Stevens and Marysville told detectives he’d wanted to be killed and was disappointed in the officers’ marksmanship, according to a court document filed in Everett District Count on Monday.

The 43-year-old Lake Stevens man told investigators he was about to lose his cabinetry business, facing eviction from his home and was to have his leg amputated due to vascular problems when he received a text message from his wife concerning fears that their son would harm himself, according to the court document. That’s when Hans Hansen decided he wanted to commit “suicide by police,” according to the affidavit of probable cause, which lays out the state’s case against Hansen.

“I wish I was dead,” Hansen is reported to have told police when interviewed in the hospital. “Your guys aren’t very good shots.”

Hansen, who has been booked into Snohomish County Jail on investigation of assault and drive-by shooting,  suffered a minor head wound to his head  from an officer’s bullet and a Marysville officer suffered a leg wound when he was struck by shrapnel, according to the court papers.

Charges are expected to be filed against Hansen early this week.

Hansen said he initially thought about shooting at police when they came to evict him, but then made up his mind to be more proactive, according to the court papers.

“He decided to gather several guns that he owned and go to several locations where police might be, so he could fire at cars or buildings and engage the police in a gunfight and be killed,” police and prosecutors said.

The man armed himself with two AK-47 rifles, one AR-15 rifle, two .22-caliber rifles, a .300 Winston short Magnum rifle, a shotgun and a .40-caliber handgun, as well as ammunition for the weapons, according to court documents.

He then drove to the location of his old business in an industrial park  on Mountain Loop Highway in Granite Falls and fired multiple rounds into an unoccupied building because he was apparently angry at the owner, court documents say.

Next, he drove to the Granite Falls Police Department, where he fired into an unoccupied patrol car; the Lake Stevens Police Department, where he allegedly fired at multiple police cars in the lot; and the Wal mart in Marysville, where he stopped to reload, court documents say.

He was headed toward the Marysville Police Department, according to the court document, when he passed a patrol car and then saw the vehicle turn to follow him.

As a number of patrol vehicles began to converge on him and surround him, he decided to “engage the police at that point and he said he used his AK-47 to fire upon the officers,” police and prosecutors say in the court document. He also said he used his AR-15, the document says.

The man said he surrendered after he was struck in the head with a bullet and thought he was going to die, court documents say.

Investigators say the man’s contingency plan was to drive  up to the Navy Support Complex in Marysville because he “figured  that if the police didn’t fire upon him, there would be government military personnel who would.”

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