Man dies after dispute over
weed control in Granite Falls
A Snohomish County work crew was on the highway spraying for noxious weeds outside a man’s home near Verlot when the 40-year-old man confronted the work crew and told them he was going to get a gun. The work crew left and called 911.
A short time later, two Sheriff’s deputies arrived.
Everett Police spokesman Sgt. Robert Goetz said that a short time after the deputies arrived, the man was shot and killed.
It’s not clear how many shots were fired, police said.The deputy involved in the incident has been placed on paid administrative leave. He is in his 40s and has been with the Sheriff’s Office for about 20 years.
The reserve deputy is also in his 40s and has volunteered with the Sheriff’s Office for approximately 25 years.
The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct an autopsy. The man had not been identified when the Journal went to press.