Captain Monica Alexander
Government and Media Relations
(360) 596-4010 – office
(360) 596-4015 – fax

*** For Immediate Release***

Date: December 16, 2016
Contact: Sergeant Keith Leary
Phone: 425-760-7637
Twitter: @wastatepatrol

Arrests Made Following Shooting of Mount Vernon Police Officer -- Standoff

A 44-year-old man was arrested just after midnight Friday, December 16th , following the shooting of a Mount Vernon police officer Thursday night, December 15th. That officer remains in the hospital.

Two other suspects were taken into custody at the same time as the primary suspect. That primary suspect is known to law enforcement, and has a lengthy, violent criminal history.

All suspects were taken to the Skagit County Sheriff's Office. No information on charges has been released yet.

The incident began at approximately 5:30 p.m. Thursday, December 15th, when officers responded to a call of a subject who had been shot at a residence near the intersection of Fir Street and LaVenture Road. As officers investigated the scene, they were fired upon.

One officer was struck and transported to Skagit Valley Hospital. That officer was later transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle where he underwent surgery. He is a 30-plus-year veteran of the Mount Vernon Police Department.

The suspect who allegedly shot at officers barricaded himself in a residence near the intersection of Fir Street and LaVenture Road and continued to fire shots at officers on scene throughout the evening.

Officers from multiple agencies responded to the scene and closed roads in the immediate area. Hostage negotiators spent several hours communicating with the suspect.