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Shots broke Thursday night’s silence in Vancouver, Washington, a suburb of Portland Oregon just over the Columbia River. Shortly before 11:30 p.m. a man clambered to the top of a truck parked in a residential driveway and broke into a second-floor bedroom window where he was ultimately shot and killed by the homeowner.

By the time Vancouver police arrived at the home, the assailant was already dead according to The Daily Mail.

Police spokeswoman Kim Kapp told reporters, “It appears that they used a vehicle to boost themselves up onto the second story and then broke in through the window of what appears to be a bedroom of the home.”

The owner of the home and his spouse were both in the home when the break-in occurred. However, Kapp noted, no children were believed to be present in the house at the time.

The VPD major crimes unit is leading the investigation and Kapp told KGW8 that she doesn’t know if the assailant was armed or not. Detectives will be gathering that information over the next few days.

The Clark County Medical Examiner is expected to release the identity of the deceased suspect and the results of the autopsy within a matter of days as well.

The local outlet reported that there is no indication at this point that the homeowner and intruder knew each other according to law enforcement. And Kapp couldn’t say whether or not the homeowner would be facing charges.

“I don’t know. I mean … definitely something that is not uncommon when people are entering people’s homes,” Kapp said. “But I don’t have the details on anything further on the investigation, and we’re in the very early stages of that.”

The homeowner and his spouse were uninjured and damage to the home seems to be limited to a broken second-story window that is now boarded up.
According to Washington State Use of Force law, RCW 9A.16.020, the use of force “upon or toward the person of another is not unlawful… Whenever used by a party about to be injured, or by another lawfully aiding him or her, in preventing or attempting to prevent an offense against his or her person, or a malicious trespass, or other malicious interference with real or personal property lawfully in his or her possession, in case the force is not more than is necessary.”
Washingtongunlaw.com wrote that “Washington courts have consistently held that you are under ‘no duty to retreat ‘when in a lawful location the same would apply when you are in your home, car, office, or any other location where you can lawfully remain,” making Washington a ‘castle doctrine’ state.