A man accused of firing his gun near his Tacoma-area roommate and pepper spraying the man pleaded guilty to two assault charges Monday.
Henry Bartels, 56, pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and fourth-degree assault.
Initially he faced charges of attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault and fourth-degree assault.
According to charging papers:
The shooting happened March 25 in the 9600 block of C Street East, where Bartels lived part-time with his husband, as well as a renter. Bartels also has a home in Seattle.
As the renter walked out back to do laundry, Bartels pepper sprayed him, then got his husband’s gun from inside the house and fired a shot.
Bartels told investigators he was scared of the renter. The pepper spray was a warning, he said, and the gunshot meant to scare the roommate.
The roommate told investigators he’d lived at the house for almost a year and that Bartels never liked him.
After the shooting, Bartels made his $350,000 bail and was released. He was not allowed to contact his husband, who was a witness to the incident, or the renter.
Because of Bartels’ plea, the husband no longer is a witness in the case and the two can see each other again, though not at the home where the incident happened.
Sentencing is set for later this year.