Correctional officer killed in Snohomish County drive-by shooting, suspect arrested

Police arrested a suspect connected to a deadly drive-by shooting that killed a correctional officer in Snohomish on Thursday.

According to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO), at around 3 p.m. on Friday, a 22-year-old Lake Stevens man was taken into custody for second-degree murder.

On Thursday at around 7:45 p.m., deputies responded to the 1600 block of S. Machias Rd. for reports of a drive-by shooting. This area is just southwest of Doc’s Riverside Taphouse.

When deputies arrived, they found a man in his 30s dead at the scene.

The Washington State Department of Corrections told FOX 13 that the victim was a correctional officer at Monroe Correctional Complex.

It's unclear if this was a targeted shooting. 

S. Machias Rd. was closed from Division to OK Mill Rd. for several hours while Major Crimes Unit detectives investigated. 

Detectives are seeking additional witnesses of the shooting. They are looking to speak with the following people: 

  • Anyone who witnessed the victim and a woman around 7:40 p.m. trying to slow traffic on S. Machias Rd. for deer crossing.

Snohomish County Sheriff's Office

  • Anyone who witnessed the suspect’s vehicle in the area before or after the incident.

The suspect’s vehicle is described as a silver 2001 Lexus GS300 with large rims and low profile tires. Detectives say it was driving northbound on S. Machias Rd. at around 7:45 p.m. on Thursday. The car has been impounded as evidence.

The SCSO is asking anyone with information, video surveillance or dash cam footage to call their tip line at 425-388-3845.

This is a developing story.