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Fatal shooting in North End prompted by roommate’s confrontation with shooter

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on June 10, 2013 at 11:27 am with No Comments »
June 11, 2013 12:30 pm

The fatal shooting of a man in Tacoma’s North End started when one of the victim’s roommates approached a neighbor as he was shooting a gun off his back porch, police said.

Several neighbors on North Ferdinand Street called 911 about 8 p.m. Thursday after hearing Michael Dillon, 51, firing a gun.

Police said one of the victim’s roommates went to Dillon’s home to confront him about the gunshots. He then walked back to his home next door, with Dillon following him. An argument broke out in the side yard of 55-year-old Frank Rossiter’s home. When the roommate saw Dillon had a gun in his hand, he turned to run at the same time Rossiter came outside to see what the commotion was about.

Dillon shot and killed Rossiter. Police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said Rossiter had no idea what was going on and didn’t have a chance to react before he was gunned down. Rossiter’s roommate was shot at but not injured, police said.

After the shooting, Dillon drove to a friend’s house in Gig Harbor and told them he was suicidal after doing “something bad.”

The friend called 911 for help and as Pierce County sheriff’s deputies arrived, Dillon fatally shot himself in the driveway.

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