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Man May Face Murder Charges For Shooting Trespasser

| by Michael Doherty

A homeowner who killed a man he found showering on his property in Washington could face a first-degree murder charge.

On the morning of April 1, Bruce Fanning, 59, reportedly found Nate Rosa, 31, taking a shower inside a Belfair home that Fanning uses as an office, KCPQ reports. Fanning allegedly left the scene before returning with a weapon and shooting Rosa. Fanning then called 911 to report the incident.

Fanning appeared in court on April 3. Though he argued that he felt threatened by Rosa, who was allegedly acting drunk, and that he had found evidence that the home had been broken into, the judge in the case found probable cause to charge Fanning with murder for the incident. No charges have been filed.

"It may be a case of wrong place, wrong time," Mason County prosecutor Michael Dorcy told KING-TV.

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According to Dorcy, Rosa and a few of his friends went out to some bars in the Belfair area on March 31. One of his friends lives in a home two doors down from Fanning's property. The appearance and floor plan are said to be very similar.

Rosa's friends said he left the house around 5 a.m. to get some air.

"According to those guys, he never came back," Dorcy said, adding that Rosa might have returned to the wrong home.

"It leads me to wonder if he thought, 'Where is everybody?' when he showed up at Fanning's house," Dorcy said.

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Rosa worked with special needs children at a local elementary school.  

"Nate was a compassionate and dedicated educator who made a difference in the lives and many and will be missed," district superintendent Michelle Reid said.

"It's just crazy," a neighbor of Fanning told KCPQ, adding that her family had heard several gunshots. "It's crazy to me that he didn't call 911 when he left. I just wouldn't expect that out of him; he's such a together guy."

"I just feel really bad for the whole situation and family and stuff," Fanning's niece, who referred to him as "a great uncle," said. She added that Fanning is a "very private person."

Fanning's properties are reportedly marked with signs warning intruders of attack dogs and saying that "trespassers will be shot."

Dorcy said investigators are looking into the incident, which Fanning described as self-defense, before deciding whether to file charges.

Authorities are waiting on toxicology results for Rosa. They are also seeking to find out why Fanning didn't call 911 when he left the home after finding Rosa in the shower.

Sources: KCPQ, KING-TV / Photo Credit: KING-TV

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