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Officers shoot teenage driver in FDA parking lot in Bothell

bothellBOTHELL —  Just after 7 a.m. Friday, security officers at the Food and Drug Administration building in Bothell spotted a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot and went out to investigate.

Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Shari Ireton said, “As security officers approached that vehicle, the suspect backed that vehicle into one of the security officers. Security officers drew their weapons, fired shots at the vehicle. The vehicle left.”

Police said a 15-year-old boy behind the wheel sped out of the parking lot and got involved in an accident. The teen left the accident scene and headed to a nearby residence. When police showed up there, they located the black Chrysler 300 from the shooting incident, then went inside where they found the injured suspect.

“Found a 15-year-old male who had a gunshot wound in the foot,” Ireton said. “Minor facial wounds. Took him into custody.”

A Northshore School District alternative high school is right across the street from the FDA building. Many students saw what happened on their way to class.

“He gets in the car and all these security guards start pointing their guns and are, like, get down, get down on the ground,” Baily Mills said. “He just got in the car and started driving and they started shooting their guns at the car.”

The teen was treated and released from the hospital.

Officers transported the teen to a juvenile holding facility in Everett for booking on second-degree assault.

The Snohomish County SMART team is investigating the incident.

10 comments

  • Darla

    Why did they need to shoot? He was not pointing a weapon at them. He was driving away. Another example of over zealous law enforcement.

  • guest

    Darla, you are right, that poor misunderstood juvenile that shouldn't have even been behind the wheel of a car doesn't deserve to have anything bad happen to him. probably just needs a hug!

  • Hazel

    So a fifteen year old trying to run over two people with a car is deadly force. At fifteen you know what is right and wrong. Teens are becoming more and more disrespectful to authority figures and quite frankly, being a student at an alternative high school means you have some type of behavioral problem, especially problems with authority figures. I knew many people in high school who went to an alternative high school, the majority of the students were there for behavioral problems. He needs to learn respect and that is why there are juvenile correctional facilities and courts. Perhaps the guards overreacted to an extent, but seriously, saying he just needs as hug is ridiculous. Maybe we should just let all teenagers get away with crimes like these, teach them, "oh its ok, you might come from a troubled home, or have problems, but that is ok, lets just give you a hug and say its bad."

  • Dan

    See, the issue is that the cops have lost half their victims in the recent marijuana legalization. Now these natural born bullies must find some other area to express their menace. The 15 year old will make a fine addition the our police force some day where he can employ his disrespect for people in the service of the state and perhaps even be able to shoot someone, every officers dream.

  • Tom

    He is 15 and a problem child …. or did you all miss the part that he went to Northshore School District alternative high school. These schools are for trouble and problem youth. Lock the kid up and save him a bunk in the State Pen when he becomes an adult. Thats were he is headed.

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