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Suspect in Woodland burglary, dog killing, in custody

By , Columbian Breaking News Reporter, and
, Columbian Small Cities Reporter

The man wanted by police for allegedly shooting and killing a dog during a Woodland burglary was taken into custody late Sunday night, according to the Woodland Police Department.

The man, Thomas Richard Nash, 63, reportedly wore a mask and broke into a residence at 9553 Old Pacific Highway Saturday, according to a news release from the Woodland Police Department.

Woodland police responded to the burglary at about 3:15 p.m. Saturday, and found a black Labrador retriever dead in the shop on the property. The dog sustained what appeared to be gunshot wounds, police said.

The 59-year-old property owner told police that he woke up when he heard gunshots in his shop, and when he went to investigate, the suspect, who was wearing a bandana, fired at the victim but missed, according to the news release. The burglar likely fled on foot, police said.

A Washougal K-9 unit was called to the scene but was unable to find a suspect.

Police soon identified Nash as a suspect in the investigation and said that Nash and the property owner had been at odds recently over residency issues.

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