UPDATE: Meade's lawyer says he had no choice but to shoot Meservey seven times. Details after the jump...
Niles Meservey was shot seven times in the back.
41-year-old Everett cop Troy Meade is now the holder of a particularly dubious record: The first Snohomish County police officer to be charged for a shooting in the line of duty.
On the night of June 10th, Niles Meservey, 51, of Stanwood was drinking at the Chuckwagon Inn. Others in the bar tried to stop him from driving home drunk. When Meservey ignored their pleas they called 911.According to court documents, Meade boxed in Meservey's white Corvette then tasered him when he refused to get out of the car. Witnesses say Meservey tried to drive away, lodging his car between a fence and a parking curb. That's when a fellow officer says he heard Meade say 'Time to end this, enough is enough' before firing seven shots into Meservey's back.
Witnesses say Meservey was reciting the Lord's Prayer when he was pulled from his car. An autopsy later determined that his blood alcohol level was .26, three times the legal limit.
Meade was charged with manslaughter on Monday. He remains on paid leave. Meanwhile, Meservey's daughter has filed a $15 million claim against the city.
Cops don't have easy jobs. And while it's easy to second-guess them, most of us are probably willing to give them the benefit of the doubt. That being said, we're guessing most juries will have a hard time overlooking that quote from Meade's fellow officer. We'll keep you posted.
UPDATE: Meade's lawyer says his client shot Meservey because he feared he might be run over. But witnesses disagree.
Witness Trisha Tribble tells KOMO News that while Meservey was belligerent, Meade wasn't in harms way.
"No way his car could have been used as a deadly weapon," she said.
More details from the investigation include another quote from a responding officer, who claims Meade told Meservey, "I don't know why the (expletive) I'm trying to save your dumb-(expletive)." If convicted, the 11-year-veteran could face up to eight-and-a-half years in prison.