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Aaron Brown Myers is charged with second-degree murder and assault after shooting a 17-year-old on June 5. Myers says he thought he saw a Glock, but the teen had an airsoft gun in his waistband

A Washington man accused of murdering a 17-year-old boy shot the teen in the back at least six times and stalked another innocent person as early as 2022, telling police he “may have to shoot,” according to new details revealed in court documents obtained by USA TODAY on Tuesday.

Prosecutors charged Aaron Brown Myers, 51, with first-degree murder and assault on Monday for his June 5 altercation with three teenagers in the Seattle suburb of Renton. Myers said he believed one of the teens had a Glock and suspected the boys were about to rob a Big 5 sporting goods store. He “had a duty to intervene to stop the perpetrators from hurting innocents,” court documents say.

The boys actually owned airsoft guns and told police they would only return them to Big 5.

Myers, who says he is a licensed security guard, had been conducting what he said was “surveillance” in the parking lot, something he does while his 13-year-old son goes to jujitsu classes next door to the Big 5. He told police he had witnessed numerous crimes there in the past and just wanted to protect his son.

When Myers confronted the teens, he told police they ignored his request to put their hands up and that he believed one of them was going to “kill him.” According to police, the surveillance video largely contradicts Myers’ statement.

Here’s what we know:

Myers had previously followed and threatened to shoot someone

This is not the first time Myers has falsely perceived a threat to public safety. In March 2022, he followed a man from store to store and told police he believed the man had a gun, court records show.

Myers then called 911 and reported seeing the man on a bicycle “pointing a gun at people,” court documents say. Myers said he had a concealed handgun on him and felt he might have to intervene. He said he “might shoot the person,” court documents say.

Officers arriving at the scene determined that the man was unarmed and that the object Myers believed to be a weapon was actually a “silver metal object” that may have been a bicycle part.

According to a report in the Seattle Times, a year later Myers founded his own Spokane-based security company, Midnight Sun Operations LLC.

Myers is released on bail, prosecutors warn he poses a threat

Myers’ bail was set at $2 million after King County prosecutors argued that Myers could commit another “violent crime” in the future. The 2022 incident only proves that Myers’ “self-imposed duty to intervene” is part of his usual interactions with the public, Assistant District Attorney Lauren Burke wrote in a charging document obtained by USA TODAY.

“(Myers) attacked three teenagers who had committed no crime, choosing to escalate with increasing violence at each stage of the altercation until the defendant ultimately took the life of 17-year-old Hazrat Ali Rohani,” Burke wrote.

Only a high bail, electronic house arrest and the surrender of all firearms would protect the community from an untrained civilian who believes it is his duty to shoot people who have not hurt anyone, Burke said.

Teenager calls for his mother before falling to the ground

Hazrat Ali Rohani and two friends were on their way to Big 5 Sporting when Myers approached them with a gun in his hand. One of the friends placed his airsoft gun on the sidewalk and showed Myers his hands, according to surveillance footage of the interaction that police describe in court documents.

Myers pushes one of the boys to the ground, straddles him and holds him down while pointing the gun at Hazrat. Hazrat, who had an airsoft gun in his pocket, also shows Myers his hands, the footage shows.

Hazrat turns away from Myers and briefly lowers one of his raised arms toward his waistband, whereupon Myers opens fire, shooting the boy seven times, hitting him “once in the side and at least six times in the back,” Burke writes in the indictment.

A King County sheriff’s deputy who was in the area at the time witnessed the shooting, Burke wrote, but it was unclear why she did not intervene. It was also unclear whether she or her partner were the ones who arrested Myers.

The two surviving teens told police they went to the store to return or exchange Hazrat’s airsoft gun because he was having problems with it, the police report said. One of the other boys had his own airsoft gun and brought it in so employees could review a “magazine copy” of his.

Both friends said they repeatedly told Myers the guns weren’t real, but before they knew it, their friend had been shot. One of the friends said that when Hazrat hit the ground, he called out for his mother before he died, Burke wrote.

“The only intention” was to protect themselves and others from danger, says Myers

Myers and his family said they were “devastated” by the series of events that led to the tragedy and “resulted in the loss of a young man’s life,” his lawyers said in a statement.

“Mr. Myers genuinely believed he was witnessing the beginning of an armed robbery when he observed three young men walking past his truck on their way to a store adjacent to where his son was taking a martial arts class,” the statement said.

Myers, a “professional security consultant,” was called in in hopes of stopping a robbery before anyone was hurt. Myers expressed a similar sentiment to police during the interview, telling them he “was in fear for his own life and fired his service weapon in an attempt to defend himself.” He also said he did not have time to call 911 and “had a duty to act to stop the individuals from hurting someone innocent,” Burke wrote.

“We are confident that the evidence during this investigation will demonstrate that Mr. Myers’ sole intention that day was to protect himself and others from serious harm or death,” the statement said.

Myers’ arraignment is scheduled for June 24.

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