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Owner of Wash. house says man slain was co-owner

Associated Press - November 9, 2008 1:55 PM ET

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - The owner of an Everett house where a 31-year-old man was shot and killed by police early Saturday says the man was a co-owner of the house and lived there.

Bear Whalen told The Herald, "It's devastating. He didn't deserve to die."

Whalen described the slain man as his friend who was a good person who cared about his community and was a volunteer. Whalen told the newspaper, "He never even got a ticket. He respected the law."

Three Everett police officers responding to a report of a burglary shot and killed Whalen's roommate at the home.

Snohomish County sheriff's spokeswoman Rebecca Hover says someone in the neighborhood called police just before 2 a.m. Saturday to report that someone was breaking windows and kicking in the door of a nearby house.

Hover says three officers arrived and said they were confronted by a man with a gun, standing in the doorway of the home.

Officers says they repeatedly ordered the man to drop his weapon but he refused. The three officers fired multiple shots at the man. Hover says he died at the scene.

Hover did not return calls to The Associated Press Sunday.

The Snohomish County Medical Examiner's Office had not released the slain man's name.

The officers involved in the shooting, two men and a woman, have been placed on paid administrative leave, while a team of detectives from throughout the county investigates.

Information from: The Herald, http://www.heraldnet.com

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