Church Shooting: ‘I just…shot my wife…I think she’s dead’

| March 26, 2010

Moments after his ex-wife was shot inside a Federal Way church, Charles Parsons called 911 and gave a chilling confession.

Parsons: "I just flew into a massive fit of rage and shot my wife during counseling."

Operator: "OK. IS she conscious?"

Parsons: "I think she's dead!"

Operator: "Where did you shoot her at?"

Parsons: "Inside the church."

Operator: "I mean where on her body?"

Parsons: "I don't know."

Operator: "You're her husband?"

Parsons: "Ex-husband."

Operator: "Where's the gun?"

Parsons: "On the hood of my car."

Operator: "Where's your wife?"

Parsons: "She's inside the church. Here comes the police."

Around the same time, 911 dispatch received another call from inside the church from counselor Tyler Stahl.

Stahl: "Yes, I finished the session. He pulled out a gun and emptied several shots into her. Oh, God!"

Operator: "How many times? Three? Do you know?"

Stahl: "It sounded like six."

Charles Parsons and his ex-wife, Carol Parsons, were at a couples counseling session at Calvary Lutheran Church when the shooting took place last Wednesday.

Carol Parsons was shot after she said she wouldn't leave her boyfriend to try to get back together with her ex-husband. The couple, who had three children, divorced in 2008.

According to the statement of probable cause, Parsons got up to leave from the session, then turned around and pointed a gun at his wife. As his wife began to scream, Parson pointed the gun at the counselor and told him not to move, detectives said.

Parsons then opened fire, hitting his wife at least three times in the torso, according to the document. He then called 911.

Parsons: "I'm laying down on the ground right now so the police can come and arrest me."

Operator: "Are you laying on the ground?"

Parsons: "I'm laying on the ground."

Carol Parsons, 38, was taken to Harborview Medical Center, where she later died. The counselor was not injured.

Charles Parsons, 42, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder. He is being held on $5 million bail.

He always seemed like a 'teddy bear'

The victim's family said they never took Charles Parsons as the violent type. Carol Parsons' brother, Howard Hales, said the man always seemed like a very gentle person.

"For the years that I knew him, he seemed like a big teddy bear," he said. "He never seemed like anybody that was going to hurt you or try to hurt you."

Hales said he doesn't want Charles Parsons to receive the death penalty. He said the Parsons' three children – ages 11, 9, and 5 – have suffered enough.

"The children. You know, they've lost so much with their mom right now and having their dad where he is today, is going to be enough for them," he said. "One of them asked us if that was a possibility, and we told them that is not what we wanted for their dad."

 

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