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September 13, 2013 at 8:44 AM

Ailing 92-year-old man jailed after gunfire during argument with wife

UPDATE: 8:37 a.m., Friday | Seattle police booked a 92-year-old man into the King County Jail for investigation of harassment-domestic violence, after he allegedly fired a pistol inside his Beacon Hill home last night during an argument with his wife.

A relative of the couple dialed 911 to report that the man had fired the rounds into the ceiling and threatened to kill his wife, police spokesman Mark Jamieson said. Officers recovered a small-caliber pistol in the couple’s home in the 6000 block of Gould Avenue South.

Jamieson said that the man “has some severe medical issues including dementia, diabetes and has a pacemaker,” but because he was arrested on investigation of domestic violence he had to be booked into jail.

“It’s a mandatory arrest,” Jamieson said. “He cranked off two rounds inside the house and threatened to kill his wife. There is no age restriction to get arrested.”

Officials with the King County Jail could not be reached for comment on how they are addressing the man’s health issues while he’s behind bars.

UPDATE: Last night at around 10:30 p.m., officers from the South Precinct responded to a 911 call to a residence in the 6000 block of Gould Avenue South.  The caller stated that the 92-year-old man was shooting his gun inside the house and threatening to shoot his wife.  Officers immediately responded and surrounded the house.  The 911 operator called inside the house and instructed family members to leave the house through the front door.  They did, and told officers that the man was standing inside near the stairs.  Fortunately, no one was injured during the incident.

Officers instructed the man to come out of the house through the front door, which he did.  He was taken into custody without incident.  A small .22-caliber pistol was recovered from the man’s back pocket.  Once the man was in custody, officers entered the house to clear it.  A second handgun was recovered inside.  Damage to the ceiling where two shots were fired was also documented.  The suspect was checked out by the Seattle Fire Department at the scene and then transported to Harborview Medical Center as a precaution for his existing medical issues.  Once he was cleared by the medical staff, he was transported to the King County Jail. The handguns were collected and submitted into evidence.  Detectives will handle the follow-up investigation.

ORIGINAL POST: A 93-year-old Seattle man fired several gunshots in his Beacon Hill home during an argument with his wife, according to the Seattle Police Department.

The man’s daughter and a friend were also present, but no one was injured, a Police Department tweet said. Police recovered two handguns, one from the man and another in the home.

The man is being treated as a suspect in the domestic-disturbance case and will be transported to an area hospital for a mental-health evaluation, the department said. He could face criminal charges after police carry out an investigation.

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