Vancouver Man Appears In Court In Prowler Killing

AP | Jan. 30, 2013 2:11 p.m. | Vancouver, Washington

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A man who shot a suspected prowler in Vancouver appeared in Clark County Superior Court Wednesday on a second-degree murder charge.

Sean H. Doucette was ordered held on $250,000 bail for a Feb. 12 arraignment.

The Columbian reports that Doucette returned home from his job about 4 a.m. Tuesday, heard a car alarm and attempted to detain a suspected car prowler.

Defense lawyer Steven Thayer says the man attacked Doucette and he fired in self-defense.

Deputy Prosecutor Camara Banfield says a witness said the alleged prowler was attempting to leave when Doucette shot him four times. The 27-year-old is a former Marine who served in Afghanistan and works as a security guard.

The dead man was identified as 19-year-old Iosif Dumitrash.


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