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Officer who killed charging man has 27 years' experience


Last updated 5/5/2022 at 10:35am

The Edmonds Police Department officer involved in a fatal shooting April 22 has not been named, but the detectives with the Snohomish County Multiple Agency Response Team (SMART) say the officer has 27 years of experience.

The officer has been placed on administrative leave per standard department procedure.

The Snohomish County Medical Examiner's on April 27 released the name of the 42-year-old man killed as William H. Houseworth II.

The SMART team continues to investigate the officer-involved shooting at a motel in the 22100 block of Highway 99 after responding to a domestic violence call.

The team is activated when a police chief or sheriff requests a consultation from the SMART commander, who then determines (based on previously established protocol) whether SMART will investigate the incident.

SMART teams are typically called in when there is an officer-involved fatality.

When an investigation is complete, it is forwarded to the Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney for review and to determine if criminal laws were broken.


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