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Medical examiner IDs 42-year-old Vancouver man killed with bow and arrow

David Joseph Collins Sr. died Tuesday morning in the Minnehaha area

By Becca Robbins, Columbian staff reporter
Published: April 5, 2024, 12:06pm

The Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office identified a 42-year-old Vancouver man as the person fatally shot Tuesday with a bow and arrow in the Minnehaha area.

David Joseph Collins Sr. died from a hunting arrow wound to the chest, the medical examiner’s office said. His manner of death was ruled a homicide, meaning it resulted from another person’s deliberate action. The ruling does not make any judgments about criminal culpability.

On Wednesday, Richard C. Vanderhoek, 46, appeared in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of second-degree murder in connection with the shooting. He is being held on $2 million bail and is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday.

Vanderhoek told investigators Collins was an acquaintance, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

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

Deputies noted a 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 witness 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.

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