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Man dead, woman arrested after disturbance with firearm at Camas residence

By Jack Heffernan, Columbian county government and small cities reporter
Published: September 15, 2019, 8:41pm

UPDATED at 3:36 p.m. Monday

A man was found dead Sunday night after a reported disturbance with a firearm at a house in Camas, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. A woman who lives at the residence was booked into the Clark County Jail on suspicion of first-degree murder.

Stephanie S. Westby, 47, is scheduled to make a first appearance on the allegation Tuesday morning in Clark County Superior Court.

Police, fire and medical crews were dispatched at 8:21 p.m. to 19408 S.E. 42nd Circle for a report of a stab, gunshot or penetrating trauma. A woman reported that she shot her husband as he was attacking her, according to emergency radio traffic monitored at The Columbian.

A statement from the sheriff’s office released early Monday said deputies and officers from other agencies arrived to find the man dead inside the home.

The victim’s name has not yet been released.

Jail records indicate that Stephanie Westby, who is listed as a co-owner of the Camas property, was booked into the jail early Monday.

“After consultation with the Clark County Prosecutor’s Office, Westby was booked into the Clark County Jail on one count of (first-degree murder),” according to a sheriff’s office statement released at 3:21 p.m. Monday.

The case is being investigated by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Justin Messman at 360-397-2120 or Justin. Messman@clark.wa.gov.

Columbian county government and small cities reporter