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Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office identifies victim in fatal shooting near Yacolt

By , Columbian Assistant Metro Editor

A man who was fatally shot by his roommate Monday night at their home near Yacolt has been identified as 42-year-old Matthew Hansen.

Hansen died of multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office. His death was ruled a homicide, meaning it resulted from another person’s deliberate action. The ruling does not make any judgments about criminal culpability.

No one has been arrested or charged in Hansen’s death. The Clark County Sheriff’s Office previously said the homeowner, who is the apparent shooter, is cooperating with law enforcement.

The homeowner called 911 shortly after 7 p.m. to report he had shot Hansen at 33510 N.E. Kelly Road. He told a dispatcher Hansen had pulled a gun on him. He said he drew his pistol in response and started shooting, emptying the clip, according to a search warrant affidavit filed Wednesday in Clark County Superior Court.

The man further said Hansen had fired at him, but he was unsure who had fired first, the affidavit states. He also told the dispatcher that Hansen was schizophrenic, refused to take his medication and had been violent toward others before.

Deputies who arrived on the scene detained the homeowner without incident.  The shooting remains under investigation by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit.

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