Veterinarian will not be
charged in man's shooting death
Originally published here
Thursday, February 15, 2001
Seattle Post-Intelligencer, The
SHELTON -- A Shelton-area veterinarian who shot
and killed an intruder in his clinic Dec. 7 will not be charged, the Mason
County prosecutor's office said.
Prosecutor Gary Burleson said he found Ken
Coleman's use of deadly force to be reasonable. If facts change, Coleman could
be prosecuted, Burleson said.
Robert P. Inman, 18, died in a ditch about 130
feet from Coleman's clinic after Coleman fired shots at Inman and another man.
The second man, 25-year-old Otis William Dahman, was arrested and booked into
the Mason County Jail on outstanding warrants.
Coleman was sleeping at his clinic that night,
armed with a 9mm semiautomatic handgun, because police had warned veterinarians
that armed burglars might hit clinics looking for the drug ketamine. The drug is
known as "Special K" and is referred to by police as a date-rape drug.
Veterinarians use it to sedate cats.
The intruders cut phone lines to Coleman's
clinic and nearby home, Burleson said, and were armed with guns and a knife.
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