On Thursday night, an officer in Mount Vernon, Washington was shot in the head by a suspect who is now in custody. According to the Washington State Patrol, the 44-year-old primary suspect was arrested without incident after a 7-hour standoff with at least one hostage involved. The suspect is said to be well known to police. Two others were also taken into custody as “persons of interest.” The victim’s name has not yet been released but is said to be a 31-year veteran of the force.
Officers initially responded to a domestic disturbance around 5:30pm local time when they made contact with the primary suspect, who then barricaded himself in his home and began shooting at officers. One officer was grazed by a bullet but suffered non-life threatening injuries. The victim with the gunshot wound to the head, 61, was struck while responding to the call that someone had been shot. He fell unconscious at the scene and was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle to undergo surgery.
“A job well done by all law enforcement agencies and we wish the quick recovery of the officer who was shot,” said Washington State Police Sgt. Keith Leary. “He’s in the hospital now with a gunshot wound. That’s the biggest fear of any law enforcement officer out here.”