Father of shooter extends apology, sympathy to girl's family

Father of shooter extends apology, sympathy to girl's family

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Father of shooter extends apology, sympathy to girl's family

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by GLENN FARLEY / KING 5 News

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Posted on February 26, 2010 at 6:48 PM

ELLENSBURG, Wash. - Jennifer Paulson's parents said she didn't believe Jed Waits was a violent man. His family was clearly stunned by what happened and said they can't understand what their son did. They had no clue this was coming.

"I just want to express how terrible we feel for them. We've lost a son, but you've lost a daughter."

That's the message from Dennis Waits, father of Jed Waits, the many who shot Jennifer Paulson and who was then in turn shot by police after the Pierce County Sheriff's Department says he pulled a gun on a deputy.

"My wife and I just want to express our deepest sympathy to the family of the girl. We didn't know this was coming. We are as shocked as you are. To be quite honest, I wished he'd used the gun on us, instead of your daughter. That's how terrible we feel."

Dennis Waits says his son was a good kid and never had any trouble, he was an intelligence analyst with the army with a high security clearance.

Ellensburg Police say they only have had one run-in with Jed Waits after he got into a fight with a man he challenged for not paying rent. At the time, Jed Waits was managing an apartment complex near the Central Washington University Campus.

The Washington National guard says Jed Waits served in Kuwait in 2007, but  that he received a "less-than-honorable discharge"  in April of 2009.  In a press release, the Guard says Jed Waits was "formally disciplined more than once, which ultimately resulted in his separation." 

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