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One dead in shooting at home east of Battle Ground

Investigators: Shooting stemmed from confrontation between homeowner and 'unwanted subject'

By , Columbian Metro Editor, and
, Columbian staff reporter

One man was killed in a shooting late Thursday after a confrontation in a rural residential area east of Battle Ground, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

The shooting occurred about 9:45 p.m. at a house at 20312 N.E. 176th Ave. after an “unknown and unwanted male” described as emotionally distraught got past a locked driveway gate and demanded that the homeowner let him inside, according to a sheriff’s office statement released early Friday.

The homeowner answered the door armed with a handgun and the man tried to push his way into the house, the sheriff’s office stated.

The homeowner and the man had a conversation on the front porch as the other residents of the house hid in a back bedroom and called 911. The person on the phone with 911 told the dispatcher that the man was telling the homeowner to shoot him and said if he didn’t, he would “go after” or “hurt” the homeowner’s wife, according to the statement.

“After several minutes of the homeowner trying to de-escalate the unwanted male, the male assaulted the homeowner and was shot by the homeowner,” the sheriff’s office stated. “The male died at the scene.”

The sheriff’s office has not arrested anyone and said the residents have been cooperative with detectives. The agency has not released the name of the homeowner. The name of the man who died will likely be released by the Medical Examiner’s Office, the sheriff’s office said.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit and Tactical Detective Unit were called in, according to a previous statement. It said the case remains an active investigation.

Columbian Metro Editor