Police: Vancouver homeowner shoots and kills 'prowler' in fenced backyard


VANCOUVER, Wash. – A Vancouver homeowner shot and killed a suspect who police say was "prowling" in his yard.

The shooting was reported in the 14500 block of Northeast 49th Circle around 5:20 a.m.

Police say the homeowner heard someone in his fenced backyard, armed himself with a gun and confronted the suspect. The pair got into an argument, and the homeowner shot the suspect, who was hospitalized but later pronounced dead.

The suspect has been identified as 30-year-old Ryan Anderson of Ridgefield.

And police have identified the homeowner as Steven Cox, 60. Cox had announced he's running for mayor of Vancouver earlier this year, but withdrew from the race a couple of weeks ago.

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