Stops Burglary - and Burglars
(Published in the news
as: Two men fired on by vet at clinic)
Baker Sun Staff
• Dr. Kenneth Coleman of
Shelton, fearing a break-in, apparently kills a suspected burglar early Thursday
A Shelton area veterinarian shot at two men who allegedly broke into his clinic
2 a.m. Thursday, apparently killing one of
The body of Robert Pete Inman, 18, of Evergreen
Drive in Shelton was found in a deep ditch about 250 feet from where authorities
say he and the other man burst out of the Coleman Veterinary Clinic after Dr.
Kenneth Coleman opened fire.
Inman was shot in the abdomen, Mason County
Undersheriff Gary Crane said.
A 25-year-old man suspected of being the second
burglar was arrested Thursday afternoon on three outstanding warrants, Sheriff
Steve Whybark said.
Coleman and other veterinarians in the Shelton
area were warned Wednesday that two people believed responsible for several
recent burglaries planned to target a veterinary office.
The warning came from Mason County Sheriff's
detectives, who had been working on the earlier burglaries.
Detectives had been told that the two burglars
would be armed, would cut the phone lines and steal drugs and whatever else
looked valuable. They told the same to the veterinarians, suggesting they set
their alarms and take other precautions.
But Coleman didn't have an alarm system and
decided to spend the night instead, Whybark said.
At about 2 a.m. Coleman told investigators he
was jarred awake by a loud sound he first thought was a gunshot, the sheriff
But it was the burglars, breaking in a side
He shot at them with a 9 mm handgun and they
Whybark said detectives found guns at a Fir
Street residence in Shelton where the second man was arrested. But he didn't
know if there was any evidence the intruders were armed, as the warning had
The clinic's phone lines were damaged, forcing
Coleman to drive to town to call for help from a pay phone.
Deputies responded quickly, Whybark said, but
didn't find Inman for more than an hour, while doing a sweep of the area in the
Coleman was not taken into custody and Whybark
said he does not expect his department will recommend charges be filed against
the veterinarian. The phone at Coleman's clinic was busy throughout the
afternoon Thursday and he could not be reached for comment.
Reach reporter Travis
Baker at (360) 792-9217 or email@example.com.
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