Sniper in Wash. state likely killed by officer

September 5, 2012 - 12:35 AM

ARLINGTON, Wash. (AP) — It was still unclear Tuesday what prompted a sniper to open fire over the weekend on residents in a wooded neighborhood about 50 miles north of Seattle, wounding a man and hitting several cars before he was killed in a shootout with police.

The sniper was likely shot Sunday by a member of the SWAT team that responded, said Snohomish County sheriff's spokeswoman Shari Ireton. No officers were injured.

It was not immediately known how many shots were fired, because there were "a lot from both sides," she said Tuesday. "It was pretty intense for a few minutes there."

The number of shots led police to believe a second sniper might have been involved. It took hours to secure the area and determine a single suspect — a man in his 60s. Officers found his weapon, though his body was not removed until Monday.

The man's identity has not been released. The Snohomish County medical examiner's office conducted an autopsy Tuesday to officially determine how the man died.

The only person wounded by the sniper was a man in his 20s who was shot in the leg in his driveway. A number of police vehicles and civilian cars were hit by bullets, Ireton said.

Residents along Jim Creek Road were told to stay in their homes during the incident and traffic was blocked for hours.

"It took a short period of time for things to happen and it's going to take days to piece a timeline together," Ireton said.