The fatal shooting of a man Thursday 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 Monday.
They gave this account of what they say led up to the death of 51-year-old Frank Rossiter:
Several neighbors on North Ferdinand Street called 911 about 8 p.m. Thursday after hearing Michael Dillon, 55, firing a gun. One of Rossiter’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 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, who had no idea what was going on and didn’t have a chance to react before he was gunned down, police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said. 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, and as Pierce County sheriff’s deputies arrived, Dillon fatally shot himself in the email@example.com