Everett Police Officer Killed In Friday Shooting

EVERETT, WA — A man fired several shots at an Everett police officer on Friday, fatally striking him, before leading police on a pursuit and crashing into multiple vehicles, according to officials.

On Friday evening, the Everett Police Department identified the officer killed in the line of duty as Dan Rocha, 41, who joined the department in 2017. After starting in parking enforcement, Rocha began work as a commissioned officer in 2018.

“He served the City of Everett as a patrol officer in North Everett for most of his career and was well respected by both the community and his fellow officers,” the department wrote in a statement. “His loss will forever leave a void in our agency and our community. Officer Rocha is survived by his wife, two sons and large extended family.”

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Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers also released a statement Friday evening on behalf of the broader community:

“Our hearts ache for the family, friends, and colleagues of the fallen Everett officer, Dan Rocha. On behalf of Snohomish County, we offer our deepest condolences to the entire community shaken by this loss of life and our thanks those police officers who will be out keeping our community safe, even under the shadow of this tragedy. We will provide any support the City of Everett needs and call on everyone to take a moment to honor the people who are here to serve and protect.”

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office told The Seattle Times that a 50-year-old man opened fire on Rocha after some kind of altercation in a Starbucks parking lot. Police said the suspect fled the area in a blue Mini Cooper and ran over the officer’s body as he sped away.

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According to The Everett Herald, a pursuit ended with the man crashing into multiple vehicles near 35th Street and Rucker Avenue, including a van that rolled onto its side. Law enforcement said officers arrested the man at the scene and took him to the hospital for evaluation before he was booked at the Snohomish County Jail. His identity has not been formally released.

The Everett shooting comes 10 days after Pierce County deputy Dom Calata was shot and killed during a SWAT operation in Spanaway. Everett police said details on a memorial service for Rocha will be shared when available. The Snohomish County Multiple Agency Response Team (SMART) will lead an investigation into the shooting.

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Source: Bellevue Patch