Tribal Man Dies While Being Detained By Police On Reservation


Police are being tight lipped regarding the death of a 50-year-old Washington-state man who lost his life during an altercation with officers Friday night.

Officers from the Tulalip Tribal Police and Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office had responded to the Tulalip Reservation to a call of a man walking in the road in the 6400 block of Marine View Drive at about 9:45 p.m.

A sheriff’s deputy detained the man and began placing him inside a patrol car for “protective custody” purposes, police say.

According to a news release from the Mukilteo Police Department, the man allegedly became combative and then unresponsive after some type of physical altercation with officers.

CPR was preformed on the man until medical aid arrived, police say, but he expired on the scene.

A deputy and two tribal police officers involved in the incident have been placed on administrative leave but no other information about the incident has been revealed.

Officials say the Snohomish County Multi-Agency Response Team is investigating the incident.

“We are looking into all aspects,” Mukilteo police spokesman Colt Davis said. “The medical examiner needs to look at the autopsy and see what’s going on with the body. We don’t know exactly what caused what, because we just know during the alteration the body became unresponsive.”

The official cause and manner of death will be confirmed by the Medical Examiner’s Office.

The identity of the deceased man has not been released, but community members say he was a husband, father, and comes from a prominent tribal family.

The 27-year-old deputy with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office has three years of service, the 24-year-old officer with Tulalip Tribal police has 14 months of service, and the 39-year-old officer with Tulalip Tribal police has nine years of service, officials say.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.