King County prosecutors said today they will not file criminal charges against an Auburn man who fatally shot a popular youth sports coach last month.
A two-page turndown says Olenthis Woods, 18, was defending himself and his family when he shot and killed 22-year-old Shennon Shelton outside Woods’ apartment May 1.
The victim’s brother, 23-year-old Gaston Shelton, was videotaping a brawl with his cell phone when Woods and two other men assaulted him. After he was jumped, Gaston Shelton summoned his brothers and cousins to the apartment complex to confront Woods.
As six men neared his front door in the 3400 block of C Court Southeast, police said Woods fired a gun and struck Gaston Shelton in the chest. Woods shot Shennon Shelton in the head as the man lunged at him after seeing his brother fall.
Another Shelton brother took the gun away from Woods and struck him with it several times before Woods’ mother and sister attacked the remaining men with pepper spray.
Gaston Shelton survived; Shennon Shelton died at the hospital.
Prosecutors said Shennon Shelton’s death was tragic but they could not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Woods’ actions were unjustified.
“Woods faced an imminent risk of being assaulted by the six men who had come to his apartment to likely enact revenge for Woods’ earlier attack on Gaston Shelton,” according to court documents.
Shennon Shelton was a football and basketball coach at Cascade Middle School in Auburn.