Police: Witness saw Vanc. man shoot fleeing suspect 4 times

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by KGW Staff

NWCN.com

Posted on January 30, 2013 at 11:10 AM

VANCOUVER -- A Vancouver man was arrested after a suspected prowler was shot and killed early Tuesday morning, and prosecutors say a witness saw the man shoot the suspect four times as he tried to flee the area.

Sean Doucette, 27, (pictured, left) was arrested on second-degree murder charges in connection with the shooting. He appeared in court Wednesday morning and his bail was set at $250,000, with the condition that he is not allowed to have firearms in his home or in his possession.

The incident began around 4 a.m. Tuesday, when dispatchers said they got a 911 call about a prowler near Northeast 33rd Street and 148th Place.

"Minutes later, another call came into dispatch reporting that the prowler had been shot," said Kim Kapp with the Vancouver Police Department.

Officers arrived to find 19-year-old Iosif Dumitrash (pictured, right) dead in the street. The medical examiner's office said the cause of death is gunshot wound and the manner of death is homicide.

A defense attorney said Doucette was returning home from work when he heard a car alarm in the neighborhood. He then told his wife to call 911 and report a crime in progress, while he went to stop the crime. The defense also said Dumitrash attacked Doucette and that Doucette was defending himself, fearing for his safety.

Doucette’s arraignment was scheduled for February 12.

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KGW Reporter Ashley Korslien contributed to this report.

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