Vancouver homeowner shoots, kills intruder

VANCOUVER, Wash. - A Vancouver man shot and killed an intruder in his home early Saturday morning, police said.

The homeowner, who has not been identified, called 911 just after 2 a.m. and told dispatchers he had just shot a man in his bedroom.

Officers arrived at the home, in the 3700 block of Northeast 54th Avenue, and found the body of a 42-year-old man. He has not been identified and the homeowner did not know him, police said.

Authorities say the intruder appears to have entered the residence through an unsecured door and had forced his way into a secured bedroom.

Before the shooting, a trooper with the Washington State Patrol was in the middle of a traffic stop less than a half-block away from the home when he saw a man fitting the intruder's description stumbling down the sidewalk and mumbling incoherently, according to police. The trooper called the dispatch center and asked for other officers to respond, fearing the man was a potential danger to himself.

Troopers and Vancouver police officers were searching for the man when they were informed of the shooting.