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Man accused in triple shooting at Vancouver apartments dies

February 12, 2020 GMT

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say a resident who opened fire in the lobby of a Vancouver building for senior residents, killing a man and wounding two women in October, has died.

Robert Breck, 80, was taken from jail to an area hospital on Feb. 5 because of an illness, according to The Clark County Sheriff’s Office. Breck died Tuesday at the hospital of natural causes, the sheriff’s office said.

On Oct. 1, Breck killed 75-year-old Dean Tunstall and wounded 77-year-old Enelia Montoya and 44-year-old Shawne Garris in the Smith Tower Apartments, then barricaded himself in his apartment before surrendering, police said.

According to court documents, the shooting stemmed from a dispute Breck had with the man. Authorities say one of the women shot used to be Breck’s caregiver. Court documents say Breck had offered her money to become his mistress, she refused and he later fired her.

Breck had pleaded not guilty to one count of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder. A judge had also filed an order for a competency evacuation for Breck.