The off-duty King County Sheriff deputy who told police he had a shotgun and engaged in a 13-hour standoff with police inside his Capitol Hill apartment last week did, indeed, have a firearm in the unit.
Prosecutors say police found the weapon, ammunition, and a pepper spray canister inside the fourth-floor apartment of Berdon Parsons following the incident. The 30-year-old has been charged with three counts of third-degree assault for allegedly spraying pepper spray under a door as police officers attempted to contact him at the start of the Wednesday, May 30th standoff.
CHS reported last week on details from Seattle Police about the alleged domestic violence assault over a fight about groceries and sex that sparked the 13-hour standoff with the off-duty King County Sheriff’s deputy inside the Granada Apartments building.Neighbors told CHS it was typical to see Parsons’s Burien King County Sheriff’s vehicle parked near the Granada and another said they believed a person had moved into the unit with Parsons in recent months.
Parsons has served as a deputy with the King County Sheriff’s Office since 2015. Sgt. Ryan Abbott told CHS that Parsons is currently on administrative leave pending an unrelated investigation. Abbott said personnel on leave are typically relieved of any department issued firearms but may continue to possess personal weapons.
According to his resume, Parsons began working for the sheriff’s department after attending Bellevue Community College and Cal State Sacramento and is a Sergeant in the United States Army Reserve.
No charges have been filed for the alleged domestic violence assault that originally brought police to Parsons’s apartment.
According to facility records, Parsons remains held in King County Jail on $15,000 bail.
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