Grandfather shoots grandson, police believe it was self defense

The family present said the son was a “common source of domestic violence to everyone in the house.”

A 78-year-old grandfather shot and killed his 26-year-old grandson in the Renton Highlands last weekend.

According to Renton police, units were dispatched Saturday evening at 11:30 p.m. for a physical domestic situation.

Cmdr. David Leibman, public information officer for Renton, said the call was for a fight involving a mother, son and the mother’s father.

There were two others present in the home at the time of the incident.

As police were en route to the call, it was updated to domestic violence with a weapon.

The grandfather told dispatch he had just shot his grandson.

According to Renton police, the grandfather said he saw his grandson assault his daughter and went to get his gun to protect her.

The grandfather said when he returned with the gun, his grandson’s words and actions made him fear for his life. He then fired at the grandson.

The grandfather then put his gun away and exited the house to wait for the arrival of Renton police.

According to the police log, the grandfather “was contacted outside the residence and was compliant through the entire process.”

Renton police said all parties in the residence agreed the son was a recurrent source of domestic violence to all residents.

“The detectives at the scene believed it was self-defense and didn’t make an arrest,” Leibman said in an email.

Final charging decisions will lie with the prosecutor.

The investigation is still ongoing, he said.

More in News

King County parks levy headed to August primary ballots

Voters will be asked to decide whether to approve the levy on Aug. 6.

Budget adjustment includes $103.9M more in spending

Majority of the spending is leftover expenses from 2018. A city fee schedule change will also impact park shelter costs and building permit costs.

Renton Councilmember Carol Ann Witschi won’t seek reelection

Two council seats will be without an incumbent on election ballot.

Walkers rest amid the trees at Island Center Forest on Vashon Island, which is part of King County. Many trees around Western Washington are struggling, including Western hemlock on Vashon, likely from drought stress. Photo by Susie Fitzhugh
King County forests are facing new challenges

Hot, dry summers are stressing native tree species in Western Washington.

Jim Pitts stands on walkway overlooking filtration chambers at the King County South Treatment Plant in Renton. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo
Human waste: Unlikely climate change hero?

King County treatment plant joins effort to counteract effects of carbon dioxide.

Affordable housing unit opens to tenants

More than half of the 48 units have already been leased out.

Washington State Capitol Building. Photo by Emma Epperly/WNPA Olympia News Bureau
Legislation targets rape kit backlog

WA has about 10,000 untested kits; new law would reduce testing time to 45 days

The Renton Multicultural Festival is a two-day celebration of diverse communities within the city. File photo by Haley Ausbun
City of Renton wins award for Multicultural Festival

Public Relations Society of America Puget Sound chapter honors city for promotional efforts

Most Read