Monday, October 8, 2007

Police release Seattle man, 84, saying he may have shot son in self-defense

Seattle Times staff

An 84-year-old man arrested Saturday for fatally shooting his 50-year-old son has been released from the King County Jail because Seattle police believe he was acting in self-defense.

When police arrived at the house in the 4600 block of South Cooper Street about 7:30 p.m., the man walked into the front yard with a phone in his hand. Officers found his son dead in a bedroom, police said.

Police spokeswoman ReneƩ Witt said that the elderly man "complained to some of his family members that this son had been abusive to him and it was becoming more aggressive," Witt said, adding that detectives are still investigating.

The names of the father and his son were not released today.

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