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Snohomish Co. deputy shoots man armed with a hatchet near Granite Falls

(Photo credit: Snohomish County Sheriff's Office)

GRANITE FALLS, Wash. - The Snohomish County Sheriff's Office said it is investigating a deputy who shot and injured a man who was armed with a hatchet and other weapons near Granite Falls Monday night.

It happened around 8:30 p.m. east of Granite Falls on the Mountain Loop Highway, after a 34-year-old Lynnwood man texted a friend about three hours earlier to say he was suicidal. That friend called police, who located the man's vehicle at a winter road closure gate on the Mountain Loop Highway.

Three Snohomish County sheriff's deputies responded, and one of the deputies fired multiple times after making contact with the man at the scene. The victim was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center, but his condition is not available.

The sheriff's office said their SMART team, made up of multiple agencies, is investigating what happened between responding deputies and the man at the scene. Investigators have already recovered multiple edged weapons at the scene, including a hatchet. Nobody else was hurt in the incident.

The deputy who fired the shots has been with Snohomish County for 18 years and will be placed on administrative leave, pending the investigation.

This is a developing news story and will be updated as new information becomes available.



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