Prosecutor’s Office reduces assault charges on student

Suspect pointed air gun on student at Edmonds-Woodway
By Brian Soergel | May 10, 2018

The Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office had declined to file second-degree assault charges on an 18-year-old Edmonds-Woodway student who pointed a gun at the head of a fellow student on campus Tuesday, May 8.

After a review of the information submitted for investigation, the office reduced charges because the weapon used in the incident was not a real firearm. It was an air gun, a realistic-looking weapon frequently used by competitive teams playing simulated war games.

Detectives are amending the charges against the student, a member of the school’s football team, to fourth-degree assault and possessing a dangerous weapon on school facilities. Both of these crimes are gross misdemeanors and have been referred to the city of Edmonds prosecutor to review.

The suspect was release from jail after posting bail on Wednesday, May 9.

Any subsequent municipal court appearances for the suspect will be determined after the city prosecutor makes a charging determination.

The Edmonds School District is aware of the updated information, and will determine if the suspect is allowed to return to campus.

A juvenile male victim and two other juvenile witnesses reported that the suspect had pulled a gun from his backpack in a school bathroom, pointed it at the head of the victim and pulled the trigger. The suspect claimed the black handgun was real.

Two concerned students came forward and reported it to a school official.

The suspect fled campus and was located Tuesday afternoon in north Everett.

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