January 5, 1998
New Year brings shooting death in Bothell
by Josh Large
At the Green Acres Mobile Home Park in Bothell, the first moments of 1998 were punctuated by several loud bangs, but these were not the sounds of celebratory pyrotechnics. They were the final, fatal explosions in a long standing feud. At 12:08 a.m. Bothell police and paramedics responded to a 911 call from the wife of a 63 year old man who allegedly shot and killed his next door neighbor, Fredrick Roger, 59, after Roger reportedly set off fireworks in his neighbor's carport. According to Bothell Police Captain Robert Woolverton, police and paramedics arrived at the scene to find Roger lying on the porch of the suspect's mobile home, halfway inside the doorway, shot in the face. Their resuscitative efforts failed and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Woolverton said that when, at around midnight, Roger set off the fireworks, the man confronted him, and a verbal altercation ensued. The alleged shooter then retreated into his home and produced a short-barreled revolver. He fired at least one shot, mortally wounding Roger. Woolverton indicated that police are still not sure whether or not Roger was attempting to enter the man's home when he was shot, though he was apparently unarmed.
According to Woolverton, the fireworks were but the catalyst, "the culmination of over a year's worth of harassment" which prompted the killing. Though police would not comment on the details of the feud, neighbors indicated that the animosity may have stemmed from a love triangle involving the suspect, his wife, and Roger. Bothell police indicated that they had already responded to several confrontations between the two men this year. According to Woolverton, however, both men have no criminal records in the state of Washington. Police have had some difficulty contacting Roger's family, said Woolverton, because he lived alone and had few accessible close acquaintances.
According to police, the alleged shooter is being held on $100,000 bail for investigation of second degree murder. The facts, say members of the Bothell police, do not entirely corroborate the man's claim of self defense. Though Roger may have indeed been attempting to enter the man's home, police say that that does not justify shooting him in the face. Snohomish County prosecuters now have until Tuesday to decide whether to file murder charges. Woolverton indicated that there is no immediate evidence that drugs or alcohol played a role in the shooting, though the Snohomish County Coroner has yet to complete a toxicology report on Roger.