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Vancouver man suspected of murder in bow and arrow slaying appears in court

Bail set at $2 million in fatal shooting with bow and arrow

By Alexis Weisend, Columbian staff reporter
Published: April 3, 2024, 6:32pm

A judge Wednesday set bail at $2 million for a Vancouver man accused of fatally shooting another man with a bow and arrow during a fight in the driveway of a Minnehaha residence.

Richard C. Vanderhoek, 46, appeared Wednesday via Zoom in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of second-degree murder. He wore a suicide-prevention smock, given to inmates who may try to harm themselves with standard jail clothing.

Court records do not name the victim. The Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office has not yet released his identity and cause and manner of death. Vanderhoek allegedly told investigators the man was an acquaintance, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

During his hearing, Vanderhoek’s court-appointed defense attorney noted a cut above his left eye, and she said there’s more to be investigated in the case.

Vanderhoek told Judge John Fairgrieve that he has no money to post bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned April 10.

Deputies responded at 6:44 a.m. Tuesday to the 3200 block of Northeast Petticoat Lane after a man identified as Vanderhoek called 911 to report he had shot another man with a bow and arrow, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

A deputy arrived to find a man with an arrow in his chest lying in the driveway and Vanderhoek sitting on his porch. He allegedly repeatedly said something like, “I told him to stop assaulting me,” according to a probable cause affidavit.

Deputies noted the wound on the side of Vanderhoek’s face while detaining him. He also had a scrape on his left elbow and chest and complained his mouth hurt, the affidavit states. Vanderhoek was taken to an area hospital for evaluation and treatment of minor injuries, the sheriff’s office said.

A man at a neighboring home said he woke up at 6 a.m. and saw Vanderhoek and a man in a blue sweatshirt “pushing each other around” outside the front gate of Vanderhoek’s home. The neighbor said he overheard someone say they were going to call the police, and the man fighting with Vanderhoek walked away, according to the affidavit.

The witness said he saw someone, whom he presumed was Vanderhoek, drive after the man in a white Toyota Sequoia. The driver was aggressive, the witness said, revving the SUV’s engine, and seemed to be following the man, according to the affidavit. Ten to 15 minutes later, the witness said he heard another commotion outside Vanderhoek’s home.

The witness saw the man in the blue sweatshirt standing outside of the chain-link fenced gate at Vanderhoek’s, he said. When the man started to walk toward the fence, the witness said, he heard a “thump” and saw the man with an arrow in his chest, the affidavit states.

Vanderhoek allegedly said something like, “I don’t know what to do,” the witness said, according to the affidavit.

Correction: Clark County Superior Court Judge John Fairgrieve presided over Richard Vanderhoek’s first appearance. A previous version of this story misidentified the judge.