Mount Vernon Police Officer Critical, Suspect Arrested

Updated 0645 PST

Incident Summary

Last night, a 61-year old Mount Vernon Police Officer responding to a man shot by another on LaVenture and Fir came under fire from a male suspect shooting outside of a residence.

The Officer was shot to the back of the head and an “Officer Down” call went out immediately. He was immediately rushed to nearby Skagit Valley Hospital and later airlifted to Harborview Medical Center.  He was in surgery and said to be in critical in the ICU.

He is a 30-year Police veteran and well respected and liked among his fellow Officers.

Fast Backup

Fast backup responded from Mount Vernon PD, Anacortes PD, Bellingham PD, Skagit and Snohomish Counties and Washington State Patrol.  There were unknown high number of LE Agencies present.

Officer Down

This is something Officers never want to hear when a fellow brother or sister has to call for immediate assistance. It was pretty chaotic listening to the scanner feed last night and being walked through the emotions/motions of what goes through a Police Officer’s head.

Suspect Info

The suspect who is well- known to Police as a violent criminal, barricaded himself inside a residence within an unknown number of hostages.   A Hostage negotiator was brought in.  At the time of the last presser last night, the Washington State Patrol PIO did not have the number of hostages.

He was arrested along with two persons-of-interest around 0130 PST this morning.

His motive was unclear at the time of this posting.

Please Pray

Please keep the Officer, his immediate/Law Enforcement Families and those impacted by his Line-of-Duty injury. We hope for a good turnaround physically and mentally.


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Officer Down | Mount Vernon WA

Incident Summary

A Mount Vernon Police Officer has been reportedly shot this evening almost two-and-a-half hours ago was rushed to Skagit Valley Hospital. His condition is unknown.

Little details of the type of call he was responding has been made public.

Approximate Area

Skagit Valley College located at 2405 E. College Way in Mount Vernon, Washington was  immediately tweeting to its students to get inside and stay inside; to shelter in place.

Police activity was said to have closed off La Venture Road and Fir Street.

Incident Cooperators

Those assisting with tonight’s incident are Mount Vernon, Anacortes, Skagit County, Snohomish County and Washington State Patrol with more unknown Agencies assisting.

Current Status

It appears Police have the suspect surrounded and are currently evacuating nearby occupied homes to safer areas.

Media is reporting more shots are being heard in the area. STAY INSIDE.

Police are asking those who are not evacuating and are in the safe zone to shelter-in-place which means “stay inside”.

We ask that you shelter-in-place and do not come out to see what is happening. Police are asking that you do the same.  This will protect you and your family.  Additionally, this will allow for all those involved in this  incident to do their jobs more safely.

Thoughts and Prayers

Please keep the Mount Vernon Officer in your Thoughts and Prayers and those who are still working to get the suspect into custody. The elements can be uncomfortable for Police, 1st Responders and those who are supporting this incident.

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