Police continue investigation into Chase Bank homicide

Police investigation into the shooting death of a 56-year-old man in Renton on Oct. 28 continues.

The King County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the death of James Tatum, 56, as a homicide resulting from multiple gunshot wounds.

Initial investigation into the incident from the Renton Police Department reported that at least two individuals fired firearms in the incident in a shootout in front of an ATM, including Tatum’s 23-year-old daughter.

According to a community update regarding the incident from the department, detectives now believe the 23-year-old woman did not discharge her weapon during the altercation, based on witness statements and evidence collected at the scene, including nine shell casings found at the scene.

Renton police dispatched to the 100 block of Logan Avenue South at approximately 3:16 p.m. on Oct. 28 after receiving a call regarding a gunshot wound victim, according to the department.

According to an email from Meeghan Black, communications and engagement manager for the Renton Police Department, several shots were fired in an altercation at Chase Bank.

According to the department, Tatum’s 18-year-old son approached and accused two 23-year-old men of stealing his vehicle keys earlier in the day as they deposited money at an ATM at Chase Bank. The men denied stealing from the son and the 18-year-old forcibly attempted to locate the keys.

Tatum approached and joined the altercation, with video footage of the incident showing Tatum moving off-screen prior to the firing of a shot, with several additional shots fired in the incident.

First responders treated Tatum at the scene for injuries received in the shooting. Tatum died at the scene.

Detectives arrived at the scene, recovering four weapons — two from each party. Detectives interviewed all involved parties including several witnesses, according to Black’s email.

All witnesses continue to cooperate with police as they continue investigation into the incident, according to the department.