The Associated Press
Vancouver, Wash. — A man was shot to death at his home by police serving an arrest warrant for another man who lives at the same address, and relatives say the shooting was avoidable and unjustified.
Police said the shooting occurred shortly after midnight Saturday when officers arrived to make an arrest and were confronted by an armed man. One officer shot the man and he was pronounced dead at Southwest Washington Medical Center.
Police would not identify the man or the officer Sunday, but Kim Makarowsky, 40, of Vancouver, said the man who died was her nephew, Sean Makarowsky, 24.
"As far as I'm concerned, he was murdered by the Vancouver Police Department," Makarowsky told The Columbian newspaper by telephone Sunday. "If someone was pounding on my door at midnight, I'd grab my gun to protect myself and ask who was out there."
Another uncle, Roman Makarowsky of Tualatin, Ore., issued a statement Sunday night that said the shooting resulted from "a misunderstanding that the Vancouver Police Department could have prevented, and I am outraged and will not let go of this situation until the people who are responsible are punished for this outrageous behavior."
Police Sgt. Rodney C. Trumpf would not comment on the family's accusations.
The warrant was for Erik James Paulsen, 38, who was living in a camper on the property, another man who lives at the address told The Columbian. Paulsen was arrested on two charges of domestic violence and one each of domestic violence harassment, drug possession and driving with a suspended license.
Kim Makarowsky said her nephew grew up in Eugene, Ore., had been living in Vancouver about five years, was looking for work. He leaves a daughter, Emily, about 3 years old.
Richard Ives, who lives in a motor home behind the house, said he rents the house and was subleasing it to Sean Makarowsky, who had lived there since January. Makarowsky had some personal problems, including a separation, Ives added.