Employee resignation escalates into vicious beating

SEATTLE -- What started as a routine resignation quickly escalated into a business owner drawing a gun on an employee who had just finished beating him over the head with an electrical box, according to the Seattle Police Department.

The whole Human Resources nightmare took place around 5:50 p.m. last Wednesday at Seattle Fabrics in the 8700 block of Aurora Avenue North.

According to the police report for the incident, an employee informed his boss he was putting in his two-weeks notice and asked him to sign a resignation form.

The employee became angry and decided to quit on the spot when, after asking about vacation benefits for later in the year, his boss informed him he didn't have any because he was resigning.

The boss asked the employee to return a large pair of the company's scissors the employee had in a holster on his belt. But, the employee refused, saying they were his, according to the report.

A fight ensued, and the employee grabbed a power cord with an electrical box at the end and whipped his boss in the head with it multiple times, leaving bumps and open wounds, according to the report.

The boss later told officers he thought he might black out, so he grabbed the gun out of his holster and told the employee to get on the ground.

According to the report, the employee refused, instead threatening his boss and saying he wished his neck was slit.

When officers arrived, they cuffed the employee, who didn't want to talk about the incident.

Witnesses told officers they saw the employee hit the boss with a power cord and threaten to stab him with scissors.

The employee was booked into King County Jail for investigation of assault and harassment.