The 82-year-old man arrested after he allegedly shot another man in Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission last month likely will not face criminal charges.
Roger Mize was arrested Oct. 30 after Darren “Jerome” Nelson, 45, was shot twice just before noon as both men were lining up in the Pioneer Square mission for lunch, according to Seattle police. The two were among the 70 or so men waiting to be let into the cafeteria when they apparently began arguing over money, shelter staff and police said.
The shooting is believed to be the first ever at the mission, which is more than 80 years old.
After his arrest, Mize told police that Nelson had tried to assault and rob him. Police released him a short time later “pending further investigation,” police spokesman Mark Jamieson said at the time.
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Police this week said they have determined that Mize was acting in self-defense and doubt that charges will be filed. A spokesman for the King County Prosecutor’s Office said police have not forwarded a case to them.
Mize has no criminal history, according to a law-enforcement source.
Police said Nelson was taken to Harborview Medical Center. However, Harborview spokeswoman Susan Gregg said this morning there was no record of a patient under that name, even for a discharge.