UPDATE: Vancouver resident arrested for shooting, killing alleged prowler

Police investigating early morning incident

By Emily Gillespie, Columbian breaking news reporter

Published:

Updated: January 29, 2013, 11:27 PM

 
Approximate scene of incident
photoSean H. Doucette, 27, booked into the Clark County Jail on suspicion of second-degree murder, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, after a prowler was shot and killed at his home in Vancouver. Photo from myspace page.

Police arrested a northeast Vancouver man for shooting and killing an alleged prowler outside his house early Tuesday morning.

Vancouver police took a report of suspicious circumstances at 14802 N.E. 33rd St. at 3:53 a.m. Four minutes later, police were called to the same address for a report that the prowler had been shot outside of a residence, said Kim Kapp, Vancouver police spokeswoman.

Sean H. Doucette, 27, was later booked into the Clark County Jail on suspicion of second-degree murder. Doucette does not have a criminal record, according to the Washington Courts website. He is expected to make a first appearance in Clark County Superior Court this morning.

The identity of the individual shot by Doucette was not available from authorities pending positive identification by the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office, according to a news release from the Vancouver Police Department.

However, KATU-TV reported the man is Iosif Dumitrash, 19, of Portland.

Kapp did not say whether the two 911 calls were made by the same person, but she said no one else is being sought in relation to the incident.

Tax records show the property is owned by Sean and Rachelle Doucette.

Patricia Newstrom works the graveyard shift as a caregiver in a house near the shooting. As she sat drinking coffee on the couch around 4 a.m., she said she heard four loud “booms” of a gun in a row. Soon after, she heard the screeching tires of police cars.

“It startled me,” she said. “What if he had broken in here? That is scary.”

The Vancouver Police Department’s Major Crimes Team is investigating. Northeast 33rd Street was blocked from 148th Place to 150th Avenue while police investigated the area.

A similar incident occurred in Vancouver last year. In that case, a man who shot an intruder in his bedroom did not face any criminal charges.

Doucette has been employed for about four years as a patrol officer with First Response Inc. in Portland, said First Response owner David Foglio. He is licensed as an armed security officer by the state of Oregon. Doucette’s MySpace page says he’s an Evergreen High School graduate and a Marine.


Emily Gillespie: 360-735-4522; http://www.twitter.com/col_cops; emily.gillespie@columbian.com.