Lake Stevens man charged with attempted murder, assault in three-city shooting spree

EVERETT, Wash. -- A man accused of targeting police with high-powered rifles in a  three-city shooting spree on Oct. 15 has been charged with attempted murder, assault and a drive-by shooting.

The defendant, Eric Hans Hansen, 43, of Lake Stevens, told officers his financial and health issues led him to want to die that night and added that he "just went on a joyride with an AK-47," court documents showed Thursday.

He told officers his plan that night was to "just piss off as many f------ people as I could 'til I got shot," the documents said.

"The defendant said he focused on police because they would be the ones to evict him from his house eventually," the documents said.

"The defendant said he got shot and blood went everywhere and he thought he was dead so he gave up. The defendant denied he was trying to shoot officers saying he was just shooting at cars."

Hansen was charged in Snohomish County Superior Court Wednesday with two counts of first-degree attempted murder with a firearm, two counts of first-degree assault with a firearm, and one county of drive-by shooting.

Police said Hansen, married with a son, was the man in a white pickup truck who opened fire Oct. 15 at the Granite Falls Police Department and at several parked patrol cars before driving to the Lake Stevens Department, where he did the same thing. The suspect then sped off toward Marysville, where police intercepted him and shot him during a gun battle.

A Marysville police sergeant was slightly wounded.

Police said Hansen had eight firearms in his pickup at the time of the shootings, including two AK-47s and one AR-15.

He was previously in the hospital before being booked into jail.