Snohomish County deputy shoots man after high speed chase

The Snohomish Count Multiple Agency Response Team is investigating the case.

A Snohomish County Sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a man after a police chase that ended in Bothell on Oct. 23.

Nickolas Michael Peters, 24, died from multiple gunshot wounds late Tuesday, on Highway 524 at North Damson Road after police responded to a 911 call. Peters, an Edmonds man, sped away from the scene before he was shot by the pursuing deputy.

The Snohomish County Multiple Agency Response Team (SMART) are investigating the incident. No information has been released regarding the 911 call or the shooting itself, as of the Reporter’s Friday deadline.

Snohomish County deputies responded to the disturbance at 196th Place Southwest and 6th Drive Southeast around 10:15 p.m. when a pick-up truck left the area at high speed. One deputy followed, believing the occupant had been involved in the disturbance and unsuccessfully attempted to stop the truck.

A chase ensued and, over police radio, the deputy said the truck’s speed topped “triple digits.” The deputy reportedly attempted at least two unsuccessful PIT maneuvers — a technique in which an officer bumps the back corner of a vehicle, attempting to spin it out.

The pick-up crashed, swerved back onto the road, ran a red light, nearly rammed a patrol car and endangered other drivers for about two minutes along Highway 524 before it finally stopped, according to the radio traffic.

Peters and a female passenger in her 20s were still in the truck when shots rang out, said Aaron Snell, an Everett police officer and spokesperson for SMART. Peters was hit and later died at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Police have not said whether he had a weapon.

The woman was not injured and remained at the scene. The unnamed deputy was put on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure, according to The Herald.

The intersection of North Damson Road and Filbert Road (SR-524) was closed for the investigation for several hours.

SMART is a team of various Snohomish County detectives who investigate cases where police use force. SMART investigators will forward results to the Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office for review after the investigation.

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