October 15, 1997 in City

Stevens County Man Kills Armed Intruder Says He Shot Rifle-Carrying Man Entering House Through Window

By The Spokesman-Review
 

A Stevens County man killed an intruder armed with a high-powered hunting rifle in his home near Clayton late Monday, authorities said.

Bill R. Robertson, 29, shot the unidentified man who was coming through a window of the Stephenson Road house about 10 p.m, said Stevens County Sheriff Craig Thayer.

No further information will be released until the man is identified, Thayer said.

“I saw him clear as day,” Robertson said Tuesday, but he could not identify him.

Robertson said he first spotted the man going through items in his pickup, parked in a well-lit driveway. No one appeared to be with the man, and Robertson said nothing was taken.

The intruder began climbing through an unlocked window in a spare bedroom with a scope-equipped rifle. Robertson said he pulled out a pistol and shot the man.

Robertson said he doesn’t know where the man was hit. His two young boys were in the house at the time, but his wife was at work, Robertson said.

He immediately reported the incident to the Sheriff’s Department, he said.

Stevens County Coroner Jerry Wetle pronounced the man dead at the scene. Deputies are sending fingerprints out of state for positive identification.

Charges are not expected to be filed against Robertson in the shooting death.

An autopsy is scheduled today and an investigation continues.

, DataTimes

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