A Washington man is facing 2nd degree murder charges after fatally shooting a man who broke into his property and was discovered in the shower.
The homeowner, who is not being named, owns two pieces of property that sit next to each other along East Trails Road. One has a house that he lives in. He runs an internet-based business out of a home on the other piece of property, which is where the shooting occurred, deputies said.
Mason County Coroner Wes Stockwell identified the deceased as Nathaniel Joseph Rosa, 31, of Bothell.
According to The Daily Mail, Rosa worked as a teacher’s aide at Woodmoor Elementary School in Bothell — about 80 miles from where the shooting occurred.
According to KOMO News the deadly confrontation happened just before 8 a.m. Saturday when the property owner arrived to do some work for his business. He noticed a window screen out in the yard and someone had forced open the front door.
Update: Homeowner has been arrested for Murder 2. Intruder was shot multiple times while in the shower. pic.twitter.com/1cPLo3PDEb
— Mason County Sheriff (@MasonCoSheriff) April 1, 2017
According to the story, the homeowner and the showering intruder exchanged words. Not satisfied with Rosa’s response, the homeowner went home and retrieved his weapon.
“He returned home, retrieved a firearm, came back over to the residence and fired multiple rounds into the shower … killing the intruder,” Mason County Sheriff’s Lt. Travis Adams told KOMO News.
After shooting the man, Adams said the homeowner called 911 to report the incident saying he killed the intruder.
Deputies later arrested the homeowner for second-degree murder. They believe he had ample time to call for help when he went back home.
“Certainly he had an opportunity to call law enforcement at that time,” Adams said.
“And we’ve contacted our local prosecutor, explained the circumstances to him, and he agrees that second-degree murder was an appropriate charge in this case.”
Detectives don’t believe Rosa was armed when he was killed, they said.
Investigators told KOMO News the homeowner is cooperating with detectives.
The Mason County Sheriff posted to Twitter that more information would be sent out in a news release.
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