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Vancouver shooting that injured man, child prompted by family dispute

By , Columbian Assistant Metro Editor

A Vancouver man accused in a Monday shooting — in which a man was wounded and a child was injured by a bullet fragment — told police he had confronted the man over assaulting his girlfriend’s sister.

Shuderrin Javion Flentroy, 22, appeared Wednesday morning in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of first- and second-degree assault, stemming from the shooting in Vancouver’s Rose Village neighborhood.

The prosecution asked he be held on $750,000 bail, prompting Flentroy’s court-appointed attorney to request time to speak with him and that the hearing be pushed to Thursday.

Judge David Gregerson granted the delay and ordered Flentroy be held without bail in the meantime.

According to the prosecution, Flentroy has no criminal history.

Vancouver police responded shortly after 2 p.m. to a reported disturbance with a weapon at 2011 E. 35th St. Witnesses called 911 to report hearing multiple gunshots and described a man fleeing the area in a red SUV, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Arriving first responders found a man, identified as Dale J. Sollers, suffering from a gunshot wound to his right leg, and a 2-year-old boy suffering from a fragmentation wound to his right leg, the affidavit states. Both were taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center for treatment. Sollers received sutures for his wound, and the toddler underwent surgery to have a bullet fragment removed from his calf.

Police noted four bullet holes in the front door of Sollers’ residence and recovered three shell casings from the ground outside, court records say.

Sollers told police he was taking out the garbage when he was confronted by a man, later identified as Flentroy by witnesses. Flentroy accused him of assaulting Sollers’ teenage son’s girlfriend. Court records state Flentroy is in a relationship with the girlfriend’s sister.

Sollers said Flentroy challenged him to a fight, and he agreed. Flentroy then parked his vehicle around the corner, Sollers said, and Sollers saw him return to his front yard carrying a black semiautomatic rifle and wearing a mask, according to the affidavit.

Sollers told police he took his sons into the house and shut the door. He heard gunshots and felt a bullet strike his right leg; he also saw his 2-year-old son bleeding, court records state.

Sollers’ 17-year-old son’s girlfriend told police she was at the residence earlier that day and got into an argument with Sollers. She allegedly said she slapped Sollers, and said he grabbed her by the neck and pinned her against the wall. She left afterward, called her sister and told her about the incident. The sister said her boyfriend, Flentroy, would be willing to “beat him up,” the affidavit says.

Flentroy and the sisters then drove to Sollers’ residence. The women witnessed the confrontation in the yard and saw Flentroy grab the rifle. They said they begged Flentroy not to return to the residence, saying it was “not worth it,” but he ignored them, according to the affidavit.

After the shots were fired, Flentroy ran back to the vehicle, and they drove away. Sollers’ son’s girlfriend jumped from the vehicle, she said, and ran back to the residence to see if anyone had been injured, court records state.

Flentroy was arrested early Tuesday morning after Vancouver police responded to a rollover crash in the 1500 block of Northeast 138th Avenue. The occupants of the vehicle, who were not identified, suffered minor injuries. They told police they were chased by Flentroy. Police soon spotted Flentroy’s car, but he ran from officers, according to a news release. He was taken into custody near the 13000 block of Northeast 24th Circle.

Flentroy told police that when he confronted Sollers, the man’s teenage son told Sollers to “go get a gun.” Then, Flentroy said he retrieved an AR-15-style rifle from his vehicle, loaded it with a 30-round magazine of .223 caliber ammunition and returned to the residence. As he approached the front door, he said he saw Sollers holding a handgun before the door shut. Flentroy said he then fired three rounds through the door, the affidavit says. He said he subsequently hid the firearm at his mother’s residence.