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Police: Grandfather fatally shoots grandson in self-defense

November 13, 2018

SEATTLE (AP) — Police say a 78-year-old Renton man fatally shot and killed his grandson in what police believe was an act of self-defense.

The Seattle Times reports police were called to a Renton home Saturday night, where a 26-year-old man had reportedly assaulted his mother, said Renton police Cmdr. Dave Leibman.

Leibman says the grandfather reported that after witnessing the assault on his daughter, he got his gun in order to protect her and shot his grandson, who died at the scene.

Leibman says the grandfather then put his gun away and went outside to wait for officers.

Leibman says police concluded the grandfather was in fear for his life and defending his daughter when he shot his grandson.

He was not arrested.

A final decision on whether charges will be filed will be made after the incident is reviewed by King County prosecutors.

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Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com

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