Autopsy reveals alleged prowler was shot in chest

Vancouver homeowner allegedly fired shots

By Emily Gillespie and Patty Hastings

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Updated: January 31, 2013, 7:29 PM

 

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A 19-year-old Portland man who was shot by a Vancouver resident early Tuesday morning died of gunshot wounds to the chest, the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office said Thursday.

Iosif Dumitrash was fatally shot about 4 a.m. Tuesday. Police took a 911 call about a reported prowler, later identified as Dumitrash, who was outside of a home at 14802 N.E. 33rd St. Four minutes later, police received another call that the homeowner, Sean Doucette, had shot Dumitrash in the street where police later found “numerous empty shell casings,” according to court documents.

Doucette, who was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder, was released from the Clark County Jail Thursday on $250,000 bail.

In court Wednesday, Doucette’s attorney, Steven Thayer, said Dumitrash had attacked Doucette. He said the shooting was in self-defense.

Another witness, unnamed in court records, told investigators that Doucette and Dumitrash had fallen to the ground during the altercation. The witness said the two then separated, and Dumitrash began to walk away when Doucette shot him, according to records.