Hames told police after the Feb. 4 incident that he felt bullied by an employee at the Josephine assisted living home, so he took his handgun, walked into the man's office and said, "I've got something for you."
Hames allegedly fired his small-caliber pistol twice from the hip, hitting the victim once in the abdomen. The 57-year-old employee was able to jump up and wrestle the pistol away, police said in a probable cause statement.
The victim, identified as Roger Holbrook of Mount Vernon, was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle where he was treated and released.
Hames was arrested for investigation of assault with a firearm and was being held in the Snohomish County Jail on $200,000 bail before his death.