Police: Arlington teen ‘calm, collected’ after killing father

The 19-year-old had been arguing with his 63-year-old dad Monday night when he allegedly shot him.

ARLINGTON — A 19-year-old Arlington man is accused of fatally shooting his father with a 12-gauge shotgun.

The man was in an argument with his 63-year-old dad in their Arlington-area home after 9 p.m. Monday. The dad was yelling at his son to come out of his room, his mother told 911 dispatchers, according to a police report filed in Everett District Court.

The mother, who was also the victim’s wife, said she “thought her husband broke the door down, but it looks like …”

She stopped mid-sentence.

She then said, “My husband is laying on his back and he’s bleeding.”

The suspect then took the phone from his mother to talk to the dispatcher. He said his father kicked the door down and threatened him. The door frame was intact and had no obvious damage, according to police. There was some debris on the home’s wood floor that could be from a damaged jamb.

The 19-year-old told the call taker that he shot his father with birdshot, according to police.

The Arlington man reportedly said he shot his father “center mass.” Police say this term, referring to the torso area, indicated that he intended to shoot his father, not just scare him.

“He’s gonna need an ambulance,” he told the dispatcher, according to court documents.

The call taker asked how the father was doing.

“He’s (expletive) dead!” the suspect reportedly responded.

He put the shotgun in a locked safe inside the residence near Oso in the 26700 block of Lake Riley Road, he told the dispatcher.

When Snohomish County sheriff’s deputies arrived, one said the mother was “hysterical.” The deputy described the 19-year-old, on the other hand, as “calm and collected.” He was also not emotional during the 911 call, according to a detective who listened to a recording.

Inside the room where the shooting occurred, police saw an ammunition pouch and what appeared to be a revolver-style gun tucked into the bed frame.

Both the teen and his mother were uninjured, according to the police report. Beyond what she told the 911 dispatcher, the mother declined to say anything further without consulting an attorney.

The suspect, who also declined to speak to police, was arrested for investigation of second-degree murder. He was in custody Tuesday at the Snohomish County Jail. He has not yet had a bail hearing.

Jake Goldstein-Street: 425-339-3439; jake.goldstein-street@heraldnet.com. Twitter: @GoldsteinStreet.

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