Arrest in shooting death of NE Wash. homeowner

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COLVILLE, Wash. (AP) -- The Stevens County sheriff says a 26-year-old man has been arrested in the shooting death of a 63-year-old Colville, Wash.-area, homeowner.

Sheriff Kendle Allen said Thursday that Eric Lee Booth of Colville has been arrested for investigation of second-degree murder in the Sunday night death of Gordon Feist. Allen says investigators think a burglar encountered Feist and told a story of a car running out of gas. The sheriff says Feist apparently grabbed a gas can and was driving toward the road in a golf cart when the stranger shot him, causing the cart to crash into a utility pole.

Investigators put out the word that the gunman likely suffered facial injuries in the crash. The Spokesman-Review says state prison officials working a separate case encountered a man with similar facial injuries and passed along the information.

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Information from: The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesman.com