No charges yet in fatal Fruit Valley shooting

By Paris Achen, Columbian courts reporter

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Prosecutors say they need more information before they can decide whether to file criminal charges against a homeowner who allegedly shot and killed a 45-year-old man May 9 in a front yard in Vancouver's Fruit Valley neighborhood.

Homeowner Jeremy G. Bicknell, 33, was temporarily detained for questioning after Thomas L. Miller was shot and killed at Bicknell's residence at 1927 W. 27th St. Bicknell was later released and has not been charged with a crime.

The shooting occurred around 5:30 p.m. shortly after a report to 911 of a weapons dispute at Bicknell's house. Bicknell and Miller reportedly knew each other, according to Vancouver police.

Prosecutors had hoped to make a charging decision this week. But on Monday, Scott Jackson, chief criminal deputy prosecutor, said the case would be returned to police detectives for more investigation. A charging decision is expected to take a minimum of two weeks and possibly longer, Jackson said.

"There were a number of witnesses," Jackson said. "We just want to make sure the right questions have been asked about what they saw or heard."

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