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Mt. Vernon officer shot in head, suspect arrested

The primary suspect who shot a Mount Vernon police officer in the head Thursday night is now in custody, according to the Washington State Patrol. The officer remains hospitalized in critical but stable condition, Susan Gregg, Harborview spokeswoman said Friday morning.

Gregg said that the officer arrived at the hospital unconscious via helicopter and went into surgery about an hour later.

The 44-year-old suspect was arrested without incident after a 7-hour standoff with police. Two other people were also taken into custody as "persons of interest," said WSP Sgt. Keith Leary.

"A job well done by all law enforcement agencies and we wish the quick recovery of the officer who was shot," said Sgt. Leary. "He's in the hospital now with a gunshot wound. That's the biggest fear of any law enforcement officer out here."

Mount Vernon Police officers initially responded to a domestic disturbance and reports of a man shot around 5:30 p.m. near Laventure Road and Fir Street, according to the State Patrol.

When they arrived they made contact with the suspected shooter, who then barricaded himself inside a home and began shooting at officers, said Sgt. Leary.

The Mount Vernon officer, 61, was shot in the head. Sgt. Leary said the officer was conscious and alert when he was taken Skagit Valley Hospital. He was then airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Officials say the officer is a 31-year veteran of the force. His name has not yet been released. 

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