Man shot, killed on Highway 99 after coming at Lynnwood officers with knife

Investigators at work in the 19200 block of Highway 99. Highway 99 will be closed between 188th Street Southwest and 196th Street Southwest for most of the day.

A Lynnwood police officer has been placed on administrative leave after shooting a knife-wielding man who came at officers after running in and out of traffic in the 19200 block of Highway 99 Monday morning.

According to Everett police officer Aaron Snell, spokesperson for the SMART team investigating the shooting, officers were called to the scene just before 10 a.m. Monday. The man — described as white and in his mid-20s — was inside a Highway 99 carpet store when he was reportedly “getting agitated and yelling things.” His agitation grew as the man pulled out a knife then ran out of the store. He proceeded to run in and out of traffic, Snell said.

Three responding Lynnwood police officers arrived in the area about six minutes after the incident was reported. The man ran in front of their vehicles. Officers attempted to get the man to stop and he came at them with a knife, Snell said. Multiple shots were fired, and the man was struck. Officers attempted CPR but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

A knife was recovered at the scene.

The officer who fired the fatal shot has been with the Lynnwood Police Department for three years. He has been placed on administrative leave during the investigation, which is expected to take several months, Snell said. The other two officers will be interviewed as part of the investigation, he added.

Vehicles on the scene of an officer involved shooting in the 19200 block of Highway 99.

Highway 99 was closed from 188th to 196th Streets Southwest following the incident. It is expected to remain closed at least through the evening commute, so that police can investigate the shooting, Snell added. The investigation is being conducted by SMART, the Snohomish County Multiple Agency Response Team of detectives from various Snohomish County law enforcement agencies who respond to and investigate police use-of-force incidents in the county.

The Snohomish County Medical Examiner will take custody of the body and determine the cause and manner of death, as well as the identity of the person shot.

— Reporting by Natalie Covate


  1. I have to ask about your reporting on this incident. On the police radio chatter (it is on Utube) the police dispatcher clearly mentioned that this person was ranting about ISIS in the carpet store, yet none of the reports, including yours, even mention the possibility that this was a terror related incident. I am not saying it was an ISIS event as the guy could have been crazy. But you do the public an injustice by not reporting all the facts which results in slanting the story.

    1. As far as I can see, they reported all the facts that were available. It is a bigger injustice to make assumptions.

      Until the police release more information or Lynnwood Today actively investigates the incident, it is irresponsible to include information that has not been confirmed.

      Just because there was a mention of “ranting about ISIS” does not conclude that it was a terror attack. It may come out that it was one; although it seems too low-key to be one, IMO. It may come out that someone thought they heard “ISIS”, but the person never did. Or, it may come out that the person did say, “ISIS”, but only to get attention.

  2. My man underneath the sheet, is my brother. It is my faith that I believe we are all brothers and sisters. My heart goes out to the mother who lost a son and the police officer who had the ultimate responsibility to protect and serve us in our a community. Lets not forgot the definition of a terrorist, a person who uses unlawful violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims. I do not see a rant as a pursuit of a political aim. I hear this rant as a call for help. Yesterday, was a sad day but let us hope we have learn something over the loss of this 20 something year old man. I will pray for the officer, this man, his family and for all those who choose fear over love.

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