03/25/2010

Wash. officer may face murder charge

Everett cop may see first-degree manslaughter go to second-degree murder

By PoliceOne Staff

The Everett Daily Herald  reports that Officer Troy Meade, who is presently charged with first-degree manslaughter, may face a second-degree murder charge in connection with a fatal shooting that occurred in June 2009.

Meade, an 11-year police veteran, reportedly shot 51-year-old Niles Meservey, described in court papers as belligerent, drunk, and refusing to get out of his car in the parking lot outside an Everett restaurant.

The Herald website says that an Everett officer who witnessed the shooting allegedly told investigators that although Meservey wasn’t obeying Meade’s orders, he, “didn’t pose an immediate lethal threat to Meade or anyone else.”

That officer also apparently told investigators that Meade had said something to the effect of “Time to end this; enough is enough,” before putting eight rounds (seven of which struck Meservey) into the back of the drunken man’s car.

Meade’s trial is set to begin in early April, although a change in charges may impact that date. Meade is being represented by David Allen, a Seattle-based defense attorney who “has become the go-to guy for cops accused of crimes,” in Washington state, according to a Seattle Times  article posted to PoliceOne in November 2009. 

According to the report on s, Meservey’s family has “filed a lawsuit against the city of Everett, questioning the training Meade received from the police department. The lawsuit follows a $15 million wrongful death claim filed by the family.”

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