A man from Belfair, Washington might be charged with first-degree murder after he admitted killing a stranger who was showering on his property. Bruce Fanning (59) declared that he discovered 31-year-old Nate Rosa in the bathroom of one of the houses he was using as an office. The victim was shot multiple times with a handgun before Fanning called the police. Fanning said that the victim was intoxicated and threatened him.
According to Bruce Fanning’s affidavit, the man might have to answer for a first-degree murder charge after he admitted killing a stranger on his property. Court documents stated that the events occurred on Saturday, at approximately 8 am in a house near Belfair, Fanning had converted into an office.
Fanning said that when he arrived at the office, he found 31-year-old Nate Rosa showering in the bathtub. According to Fanning’s court defense, the man seemed to be in an advanced state of intoxication.
When Fanning of Belfair approached and confronted him, Rosa allegedly began to threaten Fanning. Fearing for his life, Fanning left his office and went next door to his house, in order to grab a handgun.
A couple of minutes later, Fanning returned and shot Rosa in the bathtub a couple of times before dialing 911. A couple of minutes later, several police officers arrived and cordoned off the area. When asked about the incident, at first, Fanning told the investigators that the man he found showering in his tub was drunk and threatened to kill him.
However, Fanning later told the police that he discovered some signs which pointed out to a potential break-in.
Stacey Ellingson, Fanning’s neighbor, said that she heard the shots that morning. She also added that she was shocked to hear about the shooting, and told the reporters that she would have never guessed that her neighbor could be so cold-blooded.
The Belfair shooting victim was later identified by the authorities as being 31-year-old Nate Rosa, an elementary school educator who taught at the Woodmore Elementary School in Bothell.
After admitted that he deliberately killed Rosa, Fanning was taken into custody and charged with first-degree murder. A magistrate set Fanning’s bail at $250,000 and scheduled the man’s court appearance on Monday. If he’s found guilty, Bruce Fanning of Belfair could spend the rest of his life in prison.
Meanwhile, the district’s superintendents extended his condolences to Rosa’s family and declared that the elementary school educator would be missed by both students and colleagues.
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