(Seattle Times) A 30-year veteran of the Mount Vernon Police Department who was shot in the head Thursday evening remains in “very critical” condition Friday, while a “primary suspect” and two others were arrested after a lengthy standoff, authorities said.
The suspect in the shooting is Ernesto Lee Rivas, Skagit County Prosecuting Attorney Rich Weyrich said on Friday. He was ordered held in lieu of $1 million bail in a court hearing Friday morning. Rivas had avoided a three-strike life sentence in a 1998 plea deal on kidnapping charges.
The officer, 61, was shot about 5:30 p.m. Thursday as he responded to a report of a man’s shooting at a home near East Fir Street and North LaVenture Road, authorities said.
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For hours afterward, while the officer was in surgery at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, the shooter remained barricaded inside the home and continued to fire shots.