Hamilton, WA – On July 23rd, 2019 around 11:20 p.m., Skagit County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a Priority One Call in the 34000 block of Hamilton Cemetery Road in Hamilton for reports of a subject who had been shot.
According to Probable Cause Affidavits of Arrest obtained by SkagitBreaking.com through a public disclosure request from the Skagit County Prosecutors Office, 32-year old Brian Serrano had called 9-1-1 to report that he had been shot in the chest. Serrano told dispatchers that the suspect was known to him and had fled Eastbound from his residence in an unknown make/model vehicle. A friend of Serrano, 31-year old Sam Mohrweis was driving Serrano to Sedro-Woolley to meet paramedics at the Dairy Queen on Township Street in Sedro-Woolley so they could transport him to the Emergency Room.
During an interview with Detectives, Serrano stated that he had been working on Sam’s car in the driveway at his house and Sam had just left to take the vehicle for a test drive. Serrano told detectives that he had been crouched down alongside his shop playing a game on his phone when Scott, later identified as 32-year old Scott Fritts of Sedro-Woolley drove up and parked his car on the roadway near SERRANO’s house. According to court documents, SERRANO stated that he heard gun shots firing from the area of FRITTS vehicle and felt himself get shot in the chest. He believed FRITTS had a small Caliber Handgun and thought he heard at least 7 shots fired. SERRANO then said that FRITTS went back to his vehicle and retrieved what he believed was a shotgun and began firing that towards SERRANO as SERRANO ducked and attempted to get away from the Gunshots.
Skagit County Sherriff’s Deputies arrived at SORRANO’s residence around 11:40 p.m. and cleared the residence and outbuildings for safety reasons. The Deputies then located numerous .22 caliber shell casings near the roadway, as well as several spent shotgun shells in close proximity of the residence and driveway/shop area where SERRANO had indicated he was working on SAM’s Vehicle prior to being shot. Deputies also located a note lying on the floor of the residence that appeared threatening towards SERRANO.
Deputies located a white Dodge Durango in SERRANO’s Driveway that was registered to Ashley Johnson from Redmond, WA. The vehicle had approximately 4 smaller caliber bullet holes in the back window and what appeared to be bullet strikes along the side according to court documents.
Sam Mohrweis told detectives that he saw FRITT’S approach SERRANO’S residence and believed he was intoxicated. He said FRITT’S vehicle had broken down and he was looking for more alcohol. Sam said he took his vehicle for a test drive, leaving FRITTS and SERRANO at the house. When Sam returned minutes later, SERRANO had been shot.
Detectives contacted SERRANO at the hospital prior to his surgery. He then told Detectives that he was sitting down playing a game on his phone when FRITTS pulled a gun out and started shooting at him. He did not see the gun but heard the shots. He further stated that FRITTS left for a moment and returned with a shotgun and began firing towards him.
The following morning around 6:08 a.m. Detectives spoke to a long time friend of FRITTS and SERRANO who told them that within the past six weeks, FRITTS had been fired from his job and has been hallucinating and believes he works for the government. The friend told Detectives that FRITTS has been using Meth and other drugs and said FRITT’S accused the friend of being in the Cartel because he has Hispanic friends.
FRITTS had also reportedly ended a long term relationship and had acquired between 20 and 30 guns from his former girlfriend’s safe and had moved them to a residence in the 600 block of Shiloh Lane in Hamilton.
Detectives were notified at 6:31 a.m. on July 24th, 2019 that FRITTS was staying in a travel trailer at 603 Shiloh Lane with his new girlfriend, her son and another teen. Deputies arrived at 6:57 a.m. and contacted FRITTS sleeping inside the trailer. FRITTS was taken into custody.
FRITTS was transported to the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office and waived his rights and gave a recorded statement to Detectives. FRITTS admitted to going to Serrano’s Residence with the intent to Shoot and kill him. Fritts said he had to kill Serrano in order to save his own family. Fritts told detectives he loaded his 9mm Smith and Wesson Semi Auto Handgun magazine along with a fully loaded revolver. He placed the revolver in his front pocket and the automatic in his rear pocket. He drove his green GMC Jimmy to Serranos home and contacted him and another male identified as SAM. Fritts told detectives that he drank a beer with them and smoked a cigarette. Sam Left to drive the car. Serrano was sitting or standing by the garage and FRITTS said he removed his revolver from his front pocket and aimed it towards Serrano. He didn’t remember if he actually shot him or not but he said he then removed the semi-automatic Smith and Wesson from his back pocket and shot that at the garage. He told Detectives that he used both guns to make it sound like multiple caliber guns with multiple people were involved.
FRITTS later changed his story to say that he wasn’t intending to Kill Serrano and just wanted to “wing” him. Fritts then said that he looked downt he barrel of the gun and aimed it at Serrano and squeezed the trigger and continued to do so until it was empty and then pulled out the Smith and Wesson Auto M&P .22 and emptied that magazine at the ground.
Online Court Records show Fritts has 19 traffic infractions and misdemeanors but no other criminal history.
Scott Elis Fritts is currently being held in lieu of $500,000 bail at the Skagit County Community Justice Center in Mount Vernon. He is being held on an INVESTIGATIVE HOLD for Murder 1st Attempted.
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