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Copycat: Wa. Man Busted for Plot to Kill Deputies

Copycat: Wa. Man Busted for Plot to Kill Deputies

Snohomish County

Associated Press

April 14, 2010

EVERETT — An Everett man who police believe was planning to kill Snohomish County sheriff’s deputies had guns, ammunition and bulletproof vests to carry out an assault.

It was to be a killing similar to the Thanksgiving weekend assassination of four Lakewood police officers, police said.

Deputies arrested transient Michael McConnachie, 19*, on Sunday at a south Everett motel, according to a police affidavit filed Monday in Everett District Court.

“This appears to be more than just mouthing off or bragging,” Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Rebecca Hover said. “We had reason to be concerned and we took it seriously.”

McConnachie said he wasn’t scheming to hurt anyone.

Six police officers in Western Washington died late last year in execution-style killings. Marysville resident Timothy Brenton, a Seattle police officer, was killed on Halloween by a man who detectives believe held a grudge against police and had previously firebombed some parked Seattle patrol cars.

The four Lakewood officers were gunned down at a Parkland coffee shop in suburban Tacoma on Nov. 29.

The man responsible for the Lakewood killings, Maurice Clemmons, was out on bail when he went on his rampage. Clemmons was fatally shot Dec. 1 by a police officer in Seattle.

Pierce County Deputy Kent Mundell of Puyallup was shot to death during a domestic-disturbance call in December.

Local police and prosecutors said they had the recent police killings in mind when they dealt with McConnachie.

“We’re very careful anyway, but given what happened in Seattle and Lakewood we’re paying close attention to these kinds of threats,” Hover said.

Deputies learned of the alleged plan to kill police after another man in McConnachie’s motel room was arrested April 1 as part of an Everett police burglary investigation.

The burglary suspect went to see McConnachie to get high, police said. During the visit, McConnachie said he was looking for a driver to “merk” sheriff’s deputies, police were told. Police said that “merk” is slang for killing.

He told police he’d been shown several weapons under a mattress, and was told by McConnachie to “check out my arsenal … ”

The burglary suspect refused to help McConnachie in the plot.

Deputies asked a judge for permission to search the motel room. During the raid, they found a pistol, a shotgun, the two bulletproof vests and black tar heroin, according to court records.

Everett District Court Judge Tam Bui ordered McConnachie held in lieu of $350,000 bail. He’s jailed for investigation of conspiracy to commit first-degree assault and possession of a controlled substance.

“I thought there was a risk to the community and to the deputy sheriffs in particular,” Snohomish County deputy prosecutor Randy Yates said. That’s why he argued for the high bail.

Yates said he would have asked for a high bail to hold the suspect under any circumstance, but the recent violence against police also was a consideration.

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    USLawman1983

    over 4 years ago

    1572 Comments

    We are the hunter and the hunted.

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    AChiefsWife

    over 4 years ago

    326 Comments

    Put him under the JAIL, with no parole.

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    bluebrother

    over 4 years ago

    774 Comments

    Take this piece of crap somewhere in the west virginia woods and have a crap shoot if you catch my drift. I have no second thoughts of eradicating the vermin that wish to kill or injure any member of law enforcement. Most of these guys are cowards who do not have the balls to face an officer head on, but had rather slither and sneak within concealment like the low life snakes they are. Go job guys in catching this piece of shit.

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    rhood

    over 4 years ago

    23592 Comments

    Great job in following up on the information about this POS and getting him and the guns off of the streets.

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    Talon

    over 4 years ago

    638 Comments

    Good job with the prevention actions that have thwarted what could had been yet another attack on LEOs! I feared these "copy cat" actions would spring even more when the Lakewood PD officers were killed ... and it seems as if it's trying to happen.

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    luke3302

    over 4 years ago

    928 Comments

    GREAT job. Thank god this man is not going to put more families through what the Lakewod Officers families have gone through.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Awesome Job............

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    SERT0629

    over 4 years ago

    474 Comments

    Good job to all involved. Less police officers killed by stupid people. But can someone please tell me what is going on in Washington?

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    philfroggy

    over 4 years ago

    1564 Comments

    Good job

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    hnyangl

    over 4 years ago

    610 Comments

    Great Work Guys...Lives Saved

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    FutureLawMan83

    over 4 years ago

    560 Comments

    Good job guys, More LEO lives saved..

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Damn man wtf is goin on in WA?

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    Whalewatcher

    over 4 years ago

    11226 Comments

    No telling how many officers' lives were saved as a result of this investigation. Great work, folks !!!

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    AKangel

    over 4 years ago

    4974 Comments

    Great job PD, Now seek out the rest of the POS and get er done....
    Stay Safe!
    Watch your six....

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    usa_24

    over 4 years ago

    5022 Comments

    This idiot sounds like a real wacko. I hope he spends the rest of his life behind bars.

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