Prosecutor Mark Lindquist announced no charges will be filed against Julian Anderson-Randle for the shooting death of his own mother, Rhonda Randle. Anderson-Randle, 28, shot and killed his mother, who was 63, after mistaking her for an intruder. He has no criminal history.
After weighing the evidence, the circumstances surrounding the shooting, and discussing the case with the victim’s family, Prosecutor Lindquist made the decision not to charge Anderson-Randle.
“There is a time for accountability and a time for compassion,” said Prosecutor Lindquist. “Homicide Chief Jared Ausserer and I met with the family Tuesday. After listening to them and considering all the circumstances, we believe this shooting was a horrible accident. Criminal charges would not serve any constructive purpose for the community.”
On March 11, Anderson-Randle called 911 from his home on East N Street in Tacoma. Anderson-Randle said he killed his mother. He was hysterical and screamed that his mother was dead and that he shot her.
When officers arrived, the front door was slightly open and officers could hear Anderson-Randle’s voice inside yelling and screaming. Mr. Anderson-Randle said, “Oh my God… I shot her… she’s dead… mom… I killed my mom! I thought I was being robbed.”
After officers got Anderson-Randle to come out of the house, Ms. Randle’s body was found just inside the front door. She had been shot multiple times.
Anderson-Randle told investigators he heard someone on his front porch. He thought that person was trying to break into his house, so he opened fire to protect himself and his home. Only after shots were fired did Anderson-Randle realize who he shot. He immediately called 911.
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