Chilling 911 tapes of Federal Way church shooting

| March 26, 2010

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. – It was an emergency call rarely made.

"I flew into a massive fit of rage and shot my wife in a counseling session." says Charles Parsons.

"Ok" says the dispatcher. "Is she conscious?"

"I think she's dead." says Parsons.

42 year old Charles Parsons tells a dispatcher he shot and killed his ex-wife Carol, during a counseling session. The therapist also makes a call to police.

"We had finished a session he pulled out a gun, shot her I think he emptied several shots into her. Oh God."

The call was placed last Wednesday at Calvary Lutheran Church in Federal Way. Police arrived a short time later and arrested Parsons. His wife Carol died a short time later.

"The sense of desperation or hopelessness doesn't have to be turned into actions that are devastating for everyone involved," says Mark Adams, a domestic violence therapist at Wellspring Family Services. Adams teaches his clients to take responsibility and think about the consequences of acting out in anger.

"How many times did you shoot her?" asks the dispatcher on 911 tapes.

"I don't know. I'm laying down on the ground right now so that police can come and arrest me." says Parsons.

Parsons is in jail on $5 million bail. His three children, ages 11, 9 and 5 have lost both their mother and their father. The children are with relatives.

"It really raises the importance I think for all of us on how we treat the people we say we care about most." says Adams. For more infromation on Adams groups "Domestice Violence Intervention" and "Domestic Violence Dads" go to

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