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Bail at $500K for suspect in Rose Village shooting

By , Columbian Assistant Metro Editor

A judge set bail at $500,000 for a Vancouver man accused of shooting through the front door of a residence, wounding a man and injuring a toddler, in Vancouver’s Rose Village neighborhood.

Shuderrin Javion Flentroy, 22, who’s facing allegations of first- and second-degree assault, was back in Clark County Superior Court on Thursday to address bail.

Court records say the shooting stemmed from a confrontation between Flentroy and a man he believed assaulted Flentroy’s girlfriend’s sister.

When Flentroy appeared in court Wednesday, 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 set over.

On Thursday, defense attorney Kari Reardon asked that Flentroy be released on his own recognizance, citing a presumption of innocence and his lack of criminal history. She said the circumstances in this case are “very unusual” in that the alleged victim tried to “choke out a young woman.”

“I would like to think everyone would be smart enough not to bring a gun to a fist fight,” Reardon said. “But that’s not what happened here.”

Senior Deputy Prosecutor Luka Vitasovic argued that Flentroy blindly fired multiple rounds into the victim’s residence.

“(It) shows such egregious poor judgment,” Vitasovic said.

In ordering $500,000 bail, Judge David Gregerson, citing the probable cause affidavit, noted Flentroy went to the victim’s property with “one of the most dangerous weapons on the street today” and fired into the home after the victim had taken refuge.

Confrontation proceeded shooting

Vancouver police responded shortly after 2 p.m. Monday 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 the 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.

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.

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 was arrested early Tuesday morning near the 13000 block of Northeast 24th Circle.

He 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.

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