Michael E. McConnachie, 19, was arrested at the Farwest Motel on Evergreen Way in Everett last week after Snohomish County Deputies uncovered a plot to kill local deputies. McConnachie was allegedly trying to recruit a fellow motel resident as a getaway driver. The man alerted local authorities to tell them about the plan.
After receiving a warrant, deputies searched the motel room and found several bulletproof vests, drugs, a shotgun and a handgun.
The handgun that was recovered was found to be registered to Lake Stevens Police Officer Harold Britton. “The pistol recovered in Sunday’s search warrant served at the Everett motel was stolen. The theft of that pistol was reported to us earlier this year,” Snohomish County Sheriffs Department spokesperson Rebecca Hover said. “It was stolen from the home of a police officer who lives in unincorporated Snohomish County and works for a Snohomish County law enforcement agency (not ours).”
Britton has been assigned to the Lake Stevens School District as a resource officer for the past several years. Britton had reported the gun stolen from his personal collection in August 2009.
“This was not a police issue gun,” Lake Stevens Police Chief Randy Celori said. “The gun was from the officer’s personal collection.”
Officer Britton lives in the County, not within the Lake Stevens city limits and did not know McConnachie. “I would like to make it clear that this young man was never a student at Lake Stevens High School,” Celori said. “Officer Britton has been a member of the Lake Stevens police department for approximately 20 years. It’s unfortunate that the weapon was stolen from his residence, however, it goes to show you that even police officers can be victims of a crime.”
Allegedly, McConnachie was planning an attack similar to the Parkland police shootings that killed four Lakewood police officers last fall.