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Originally published Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 7:02 PM

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Man with rifle wounded in faceoff with Edmonds police

Police in Edmonds shot and wounded a man who was walking down a street Saturday morning carrying a rifle.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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A 27-year-old Edmonds man who was shot by police after a verbal confrontation was in serious condition Saturday at Harborview Medical Center.

The two Edmonds police officers involved in the incident were not injured.

Police spokesman Aaron Snell said the man had been walking along a street near Edmonds Elementary School carrying a rifle. His behavior prompted two 911 calls from nearby residents — the first coming in around 7:30 a.m., Snell said.

He said officers don’t know of a motive for the man’s actions. “We don’t believe he was aiming or shooting the weapon,” Snell said.

The Edmonds officers who responded to the 911 calls issued verbal commands to the man, then fired at him, Snell said.

Snell did not say where the man was wounded or how many times he had been shot. The shooting, which occurred near the 1200 block of Puget Drive, is being investigated by the Snohomish County Multi-Agency Response Team.

The two officers are a sergeant and a corporal with 15 years’ and 14 years’ experience on the Edmonds police force. Both have been placed on administrative leave while the investigation continues.

Lornet Turnbull: 206-464-2420 or lturnbull@seattletimes.com. On Twitter @turnbullL.

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