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Man dies while being arrested in Snohomish Co.; investigation launched

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EVERETT, Wash. - A man died Thursday night as he was being handcuffed and taken into custody by Snohomish County sheriff's deputies, and now a special investigative team is looking into the circumstances surrounding the death.

The incident unfolded at about 8:30 p.m. when two Snohomish County deputies responded to a 911 call reporting that a 40-year-old man had assaulted his father at their residence in the 13300 block of Highway 99 near Everett.

Arriving at the scene, the deputies contacted the 40-year-old man in the driveway of the home. They handcuffed him, and a minute later requested medical aid, said spokeswoman Kristin Banfield of the Snohomish County Multiple Agency Response Team.

Medics arrived and immediately began CPR on the man. Their efforts were unsuccessful, and the man was pronounced dead at 9:25 p.m.

She said the man's cause of death is not yet known. An autopsy will be conducted by the Snohomish County Medical Examiner. The investigation will also determine whether or not there was a physical struggle or other contributing factor to the man's death.

Both of the deputies involved were hired by the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office a little over a year ago and both had prior law enforcement experience. They will be placed on administrative leave, in accordance with standard procedure whenever someone dies while in custody.

The investigation into the man's death is being carried out by the Snohomish County Multiple Agency Response Team, a team of detectives from various Snohomish County law enforcement agencies who respond to and investigate police use-of-force incidents and in-custody deaths.

When the investigation is complete, results will be forwarded to the Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney, who will make the determination if use of force was justified.

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