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12-16-2016, 10:27 AM

Mount Vernon police officer shot in head; suspect taken into custody after standoff
Posted 7:38 AM, December 16, 2016

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. -- Police arrested a suspected gunman early Friday following a standoff in a community north of Seattle, after a police officer was shot and seriously wounded, Washington State Police said.

The 61-year-old Mount Vernon officer was listed in critical condition following surgery for a head wound.

A "primary suspect" was taken into custody early Friday, following an hours-long standoff, along with two other suspects, the patrol said.

"The suspect who allegedly shot at officers barricaded himself in a residence ... and continued to fire shots at officers on scene throughout the evening," the patrol said in a statement. "Officers from multiple agencies responded to the scene and closed roads in the immediate area. Hostage negotiators spent several hours communicating with the suspect."

Q13 News is identifying the suspect as Ernesto Lee Rivas, Sr., a 44-year-old Mount Vernon man with a lengthy criminal history.

Police have not yet identified the suspect, but Q13 News is releasing his name after verifying the information through several channels. We spoke with a neighbor near the scene who identified a man living in that home as Rivas. We confirmed through court records that a 44-year-old man by that name was living at the residence. Police told us the suspect was 44 years old. Jail records then showed Rivas had been booked into Skagit County Jail overnight.