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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We will update as details are released.

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Correction: Illegal Burn Call Lures Firefighters to Hostage Situation

Ohio | According to Sources, sometime tonight a fire crew was dispatched to an illegal burn / grass fire on Hornyak in Amherst, located just outside of Cleveland.  When they arrived, something very wrong occurred. Reports of two to three firefighters were being held hostage by the suspect at gunpoint.

Sources say that the suspect was just taken into custody around 1831 PDT  this evening [West Coast time] without any injuries to firefighters or to the gunman.

The Ohio turnpike and other surrounding roadways are slowly being reopened.


Though we don’t the exact details of this incident, we were very concerned just like the rest of y’all. We were busy working to get details on this story and will provide another post when new info is received.

We are happy that all parties involved are okay and saddened that some people feel threatened by Public Safety by luring them out to  harm them. We hope this young man/woman gets the mental help they need and accept the consequences for his actions.

Every day, Firefighters put their lives on the line for complete strangers. According to a source stating in 2012 [paraphrased], “Firefighters have one of the most highest rates of injuries and illnesses of all professions.  They are exposed to collapsing walls, fire, toxins, smoke, traffic accidents and other dangerous scenes.”  This source did not include the many incidents where Firefighters have been injured by their patients or being lured out into the open like this event. Though it has been reported in several cases, we don’t believe it to be the norm in most cases – or, at least we hope it isn’t the norm.

Kudos to Law Enforcement helping resolve this incident without injury to one of their own, fire crews or to the suspect.

CORRECTION:  We inadvertently reported Firefighters were from Amherst but instead they are from South Amherst which was brought to our attention.  We apologize for the error.


South Amherst is located approximately 30 miles West of Cleveland in Lorain County, Ohio.. The Village consists of approximately 683 homes, 10 businesses, 6 churches, a Volunteer Fire Department, a new Recreation Park and a part-time Police Department with 20 Officers.

The South Amherst Volunteer Fire Department has 3 Engines, 1 Tanker, 1 Rescue and a Brush Truck. They the town’s only resource for the 9,000 residents covering a 32-square territory including Amherst, Brownhelm, Henrietta, New Russia and parts of the Turnpike.

Their station located at 105 W Main Street in South Amherst is staffed by 25 Volunteer Firefighters.


(c) 2015 The #NWFireBlog


LYNNWOOD POLICE: Accepting Applications to 2015 Citizens Academy


LPD now accepting applicants for the 2015 Citizens Academy

Registration is open and space is limited so sign up now for this FREE course: The Lynnwood Police Department’s 24th Citizens Academy.

LYNNWOOD, WA (Oct. 22, 2014) – The Lynnwood Police Department will be offering a 13-week Citizens Academy this coming January, which is a unique learning experience conducted by the police department and designed to give citizens a better understanding of the mission and operations of the police department. During this interactive course, participants will be introduced to the basic information that all police officers must know to perform their jobs, including such topics as patrol tactics, criminal and narcotics investigations, use of force, communications, DUI procedures, and domestic violence, to name just a few.

This is a great opportunity for those interested in the fascinating field of criminal justice, current trends in criminal activity, personal safety, crime prevention, and volunteering with our agency.

The course is from 7-10 pm every Thursday starting on January 8, 2015, and meets at the Lynnwood Police Department, 19321 44th Ave. W in Lynnwood.

Class Activities May Include:

  • Get the inside scoop on the work of Patrol and Traffic Officers
  • Empower yourself with Crime Prevention strategies
  • Watch a fascinating K-9 Demonstration
  • Expand your knowledge of Narcotics trends
  • Explore our robust Volunteer Programs
  • Investigate a mock crime scene with an Introduction to Investigations
  • Try your hand at lifting finger prints in our Crime Scene Lab
  • Visit the Detention Center
  • Learn about your regional SWAT Team
  • Get a better understanding of Officer Safety and Use of Force
  • Ride along with a Patrol Officer during a shift

This class is FREE. Light refreshments are served each evening. Space is limited, so early enrollment is strongly encouraged.

A limited amount of seating will be awarded to high school senior applicants. 

An application form is located online at:                      

If you have questions contact the Crime Prevention Office at 425-670-5635

Crime Prevention Specialist, Lisa Wellington. Email:

2014 The NW Fire Blog


Eastside Narcotics Task Force [WA] Takes Out Major Drug Ring

On Thursday, September 18, detectives with the Eastside Narcotics Task Force, assisted by the Bellevue SWAT team and Bellevue Special Enforcement Team, executed search warrants at a residence in the 600 block of North 45th Street in the Fremont neighborhood in Seattle, as well as at a residence in the 23500 block of 52nd Avenue West in Mountlake Terrace after a four-month investigation.

As a result of the search warrants, the following was seized:

  • Approximately five pounds of heroin, with a street value of over $250,000;
  • $9,000 in cash;
  • 24 firearms, including:
    • 13 handguns;
    • three shotguns;
    • three assault rifles; and
    • five hunting rifles.
  • Numerous ammunition magazines and several thousand rounds of ammunition; and
  • three vehicles

Probable cause for the warrants was developed after a confidential informant came forward with information that the suspect wassupplying large amounts of heroin to Eastside dealers.

“Investigations such as this impact our communities in a positive way,” said Bellevue Deputy Chief of police Jim Jolliffe. “The efforts of these detectives resulted in the arrest of a prolific drug dealer and the removal of firearms and heroin.”

2014 The NW Fire Blog