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Officials: Man Accused Of Plotting To Kill Deputies Had Officer's Stolen Gun
Posted: 5:31 pm PDT April 13, 2010Updated: 2:45 pm PDT April 14, 2010
EVERETT, Wash. — A 19-year-old man accused of planning to kill sheriff’s deputies had a gun stolen from the home of a police officer, said Rebecca Hover of the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.
Michael McConnachie made his first court appearance Tuesday and his bail is set at $350,000. He is being held for investigation of conspiracy and drug charges.
McConnachie was arrested at an Everett motel on Sunday after police received a tip. Everett police said a burglary suspect who went to McConnachie's motel room said McConnachie claimed to be looking for a driver who would help him kill deputies.
Inside his room, police said they found a shotgun, a handgun, bullet proof vests and heroin. One of the guns found was reported stolen in January from the home of a police officer who lives and works in Snohomish County, Hover said.
The officer is not a deputy, but Hover did not say what agency he works for.
Investigators said McConnachie was planning an attack similar to the Thanksgiving weekend assassination of four Lakewood police officers.
Hover said it appeared to be more than idle talk.
A woman who helped raise McConnachie told KIRO 7 that he has a drug problem and is on medication for depression.
“He does have an anger management problem, but I have never ever heard him talk the way he's being accused of talking to the officers," said Betty Firl.
Police said McConnachie told them he didn't intend to hurt anyone.