SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Spokane County Sheriff's detectives are trying to figure out why a man who was shot by a homeowner Sunday night would hide from police and refuse medical help, even though he was bleeding to death.
The fatal shooting between a resident and an intruder, identified as Nakia Shane Burland, 42, happened around 8:30 p.m. in a neighborhood near the intersection of Flora Road and Montgomery Avenue.
This part of Montgomery where the house is located is waterfront property. Residents have the Spokane River and Centennial Trail right in their backyards. In the past, thieves have used the trail to access the neighborhood and steal things, and that might be what's behind Sunday night's shooting.
The homeowner told detectives he was acting in self defense. He said somebody knocked on his front door and he went out his side door to confront the stranger in the darkness.
"He did arm himself prior to answering the door, when he did go outside on the porch, he initially didn't see anybody, but then noticed a male in his yard," said Spokane County Sheriff's Deputy Mark Gregory.
The homeowner, who served his county as an Army reservist in Iraq, peered into the darkness and tried to get Burland to leave.
"That is the information we reviewed from the homeowner, is that after he had told the male to leave, several times, the male charged toward him," said Gregory.
Neighbors say that's when they heard a single shot.
Burland then ran back towards the trail and was hiding just off this home's back porch when officer's found him.
"The deputies continually tried to calm him down and they were able to detain him and get medics in there, but the male continued to be uncooperative," said Gregory.
But by then, Burland, who had been shot in his femoral artery, had lost so much blood that he died at the scene.
The homeowner has been cooperating with detectives and has not been charged.
Now, detectives will be taking autopsy results and information about the Burland's history and adding it into the equation about whether or not this use of deadly force was justified. The final decision will be up to Spokane County Prosecutor Larry Haskell.
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