When a jail escapee died at a Seattle hospital after being shot by Monroe police in Snohomish County in June 2003, it ignited a dispute between King and Snohomish county governments...
When a jail escapee died at a Seattle hospital after being shot by Monroe police in Snohomish County in June 2003, it ignited a dispute between King and Snohomish county governments.
Their conflict over who would investigate Harold McCord Jr.’s death led to an agreement between the counties that dictates responsibility over shooting investigations when a suspect shot in one county dies in the other.
Signed this month by Metropolitan King County Council members, the policy specifies that if someone dies in King County after a confrontation with law-enforcement officers in Snohomish County, Snohomish County officials have the authority to investigate the death.
The interlocal agreement will have its first test in the death of a Stanwood man. Stuart Brown, 48, was shot near Lake Goodwin on Dec. 12 after allegedly pointing a revolver at Snohomish County sheriff’s deputies.
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Brown died at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle on Monday. He was struck once after Deputies Terry Haldeman and Jodi Latimer fired at him. Everett police, who are investigating the case, won’t say whose bullet struck Brown.
On Dec. 12, the deputies went to the Roadhouse Bar and Grill, 4915 Lakewood Road, after a tavern employee called 911 to report that Brown was armed with a revolver and was threatening a bar patron. Brown allegedly had tried to strangle and shoot Brook Hilton after leaving the bar with Hilton, according to charging papers.
When deputies found Brown walking west on Lakewood Road, he allegedly refused to show them his hands. Charging papers say he pulled out the gun and pointed it at Haldeman and Latimer before the deputies fired.
On Dec. 21, Snohomish County Deputy Prosecutor John Adcock charged Brown with two counts of second-degree assault for allegedly attacking Hilton and threatening the deputies. Adcock said that yesterday he asked a judge to quash the charges because of Brown’s death.
Snohomish County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Mark Roe will review the case once Everett police finish their investigation of Brown’s death. He will make a recommendation on whether charges should be filed against Haldeman and Latimer.
In the earlier case involving McCord, Roe determined that the actions of a team of Monroe and Bothell police officers that stormed a Monroe apartment where McCord was hiding were justified. Though McCord was not armed, Roe said the Pierce County man had threatened the officers while holding a black object — made of wood, tissue paper, glue and tape — that looked like a gun.
King County Executive Ron Sims called for the inquest into McCord’s death after officials in both counties argued that neither county had jurisdiction because McCord was shot in Monroe but died at Harborview. In May, a King County inquest jury unanimously agreed the officers had reason to fear for their lives when they confronted McCord.
The two deputies who fired at Brown were placed on administrative leave immediately after the shooting but have since returned to their jobs.
Jennifer Sullivan: 425-783-0604 or email@example.com