The man was charged for killing the teen outside the store

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RENTON, Wash. — The man suspected of shooting and killing a 17-year-old boy outside BIG 5 in Renton on June 5 was charged Monday.
According to the Renton Police Department, the 17-year-old was shot at a Big 5 Sporting Goods parking lot around 7:45 p.m. on June 5.
The victim and two other 17-year-olds were walking into the store when there was an altercation between them and Myers.
Myers told police he has seen numerous crimes occur in the parking lots and conducts “overwatch” there to ensure his son is safe.
In charging documents, prosecutors argue Myers is not a member of law enforcement and has “not been trained in how to safely prevent crime.”
Myers told police he approached the teens with his gun down, telling them to drop their weapons and put their hands up.
At this point, Myers told police he thought the teen was going to shoot.
Prosecutors argue Myers attacked the teens and “at every stage of interaction chose to escalate with more and more violence” until the fatal shooting.

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RENTON, Wash. Charges were brought against the man on Monday who is believed to have shot and killed a 17-year-old boy on June 5 outside BIG 5 in Renton.

Second-degree assault and second-degree murder are the charges against 51-year-old Aaron Brown Myers. He will be arraigned on June 24 and is still being held in jail on a $2 million bond.

Around 7:45 p.m., the 17-year-old was shot at a Big 5 Sporting Goods parking lot, according to the Renton Police Department. m. on June 5.

An altercation broke out between the victim and two other 17-year-olds as they were entering the store. Myers was involved.

After completing his shift as a “licensed” and “armed” security guard, Myers informed the police that he was heading to the parking lot to pick up his son from a martial arts clinic. Myers said he keeps “overwatch” in the parking lots to make sure his son is safe because he has witnessed multiple crimes there.

Prosecutors contend in charging documents that Myers is not a law enforcement officer and has not received the necessary training to “safely prevent crime.”. ****.

The suspect stated in court documents from his initial court appearance that he saw the teenagers entering the store carrying what appeared to be a gun and assumed they were going to carry out an “armed robbery.”. “.

Prosecutors say that Myers “claimed he had a ‘duty to intervene,’ and did so,” instead of dialing 911 or waiting for evidence.

The video that the investigators viewed, they claimed, refuted what Myers had said in his police interview.

Myers told police that he told the teenagers to put up their hands and drop their weapons when he approached them with his gun down. Court documents state that security camera footage depicted Myers confronting the teenagers while pointing a gun at them. The teenagers were observed tossing an airsoft gun to the ground.

Myers claimed to have put one adolescent under restraint and witnessed another place his hand on the gun’s handle two times. By this time, Myers had informed the police that he believed the teenager would shoot. According to police, the adolescent was seen in the video lowering his hand to his waist only momentarily. The teen’s hands were empty the entire time, according to the police.

Myers fired at least seven shots, hitting the boy six times in the back and once in the side.

Police were informed by the other teenagers in the group that they were at the sporting goods store to exchange the airsoft gun due to a malfunction. The teenagers claim that they informed the suspect “many times” that the gun was fake.

Up until the deadly shooting, the prosecution claims that Myers assaulted the teenagers and “at every stage of interaction chose to escalate with more and more violence.”.

In the same parking lot, the King County Sheriff’s Office was conducting a training exercise when they promptly arrived on the scene. Despite the deputies’ best efforts, the adolescent passed away on the spot.

The June 5 incident wasn’t the first time Myers decided to “intervene” after mistaking someone for an armed person, according to charging documents. Myers followed someone carrying what he believed to be a gun—a metal object—from one store to another in March 2022. According to charges filed by the prosecution, he took this action because he thought he “may need to intervene” and “might have to shoot” the individual.

In that instance, Myers had dialed 911, and when police came, they discovered the person he was pursuing was not armed and did not pose a threat.

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