Mother of shooting victim files wrongful death lawsuit
Last updated 7/11/2018 at Noon
Allen Ivanov, the shooter at a Mukilteo house party in 2016 that killed three and wounded another, is being sued in a wrongful death lawsuit.
Autumn Snider, the mother of Jake Long, one of the three Kamiak grads who was killed during the June 30, 2016, shooting, filed the lawsuit on June 29 in Snohomish County Superior Court.
The suit names Ivanov, and his adoptive parents, Anna and Dimitri Ivanov, as the defendants in the case.
Ivanov was convicted of first-degree murder in January 2017, and is serving a life sentence with no possibility of parole. He is currently detained at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla.
Much of the suit focuses on Ivanov’s mental state, saying he had a history of mental health problems, and how his parents were well aware of those problems.
“Plaintiff is informed and believes, and on that basis alleges that Allen Ivanov’s mental health problems had been evident to his family for years before he murdered Jake Long.”
The lawsuit also says Ivanov exhibited irrational and disturbing behavior in the weeks prior to the shooting due to his break-up with Anna Bui, who he shot and killed at the party.
The suit brings up a letter, dated Dec. 3, 2016, that was written by Ivanov’s legal team that detailed his mental health and psychological problems.
In the letter, Ivanov’s attorney stated that Ivanov was “an emotionally immature man, not much more than a boy who does not understand and does not yet know how to process and deal with the tensions and emotions of a deep personal relationship.”
The letter went on to say Ivanov showed signs of “juvenile brain immaturity” and that his attorney believed he was on both the autism and schizophrenia spectrums.
The suit says Snider believes much of the information in the Dec. 3, 2016, letter came from Ivanov’s parents, who also knew that he had purchased a Ruger AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, which he used to kill Long, Bui, and Jordan Ebner, and to injure Will Kramer.
Snider also alleges both Anna and Dimitri Ivanov knew their son had serious mental issues, and also “presented a danger to himself and others by the combination of his possession of the assault rifle, his highly agitated emotional state, and his history of mental and psychological illness.”
Snider alleges Ivanov’s parents allowed him to live in their house because he was incapable of living on his own due to his mental health issues and his immaturity, and that they treated him like a child because of that.
The suit also states that Ivanov’s parents assumed a duty to the community because of their son’s possession of the rifle, coupled with his mental health problems, and they failed that duty by not keeping the weapon away from their son, which resulted in the deaths of Long, Ebner, and Bui.
Snider is listed as the personal representative of Long’s estate, and is seeking compensation for damages caused by Long’s murder.
There is no specific dollar amount specified in the lawsuit, but it says, “Plaintiff prays for judgment against the Defendants, in sums that will fully and fairly compensate for the wrongful death of Jacob Long, for any and all just and reasonable damages allowed by Washington State’s wrongful death statutes ”
This includes funeral and burial costs and attorney fees among others.
As of Tuesday, July 10, there had been no response to the lawsuit by Ivanov or his parents.