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In the early morning hours of Sunday, December 24, 2017, a 76-year-old man came to the Mountlake Terrace Police Department to report a domestic violence situation at his home.
The 76-year-old victim told officers he was in bed asleep and was awakened around 2:00 AM by his 40 year-old son who was standing over him pointing a rifle at his head. The father said that the son pulled the trigger on the rifle and after it clicked told him that the next round “will go through your head.”
The father told officers he feared that his son had intent to hurt him. He explained that his son has some mental health issues and has had many contacts with the police in the past. The father also mentioned that his son was a gunsmith and may have access to additional firearms.
Mountlake Terrace Police Officers, with assistance from Edmonds and Lynnwood Police, went to the home in the 22300 block of 51st Avenue West to contact the son. After repeated attempts to get the son to surrender, he barricaded himself inside the home. The home was contained and assistance was requested from North Sound Metro SWAT while a detective worked on writing and getting approval for an arrest warrant.
With the SWAT team on-scene, neighboring residences were evacuated as negotiators made further attempts to get the suspect to surrender. After several hours of negotiations, at approximately 10:14 AM, the suspect came out onto a back porch and was taken into custody with the assistance of a Police K-9. The suspect was treated at Swedish Hospital for minor injuries. He will be booked at the Snohomish County Jail for DV Assault in the first degree.