A 45-year-old man was shot and killed by a Toledo homeowner, who woke up to find the man inside his house Tuesday night, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.
Mark Ronald Michels of Toledo died at the scene, according to the Lewis County Coroner’s Office.
Michels formerly lived in Longview and received brief notoriety in 2002 when he crafted three wood-burned panels commemorating the 9/11 terrorist attacks. They were hung in the lobby of Wild Grizzly Casino in Kelso.
Chief Deputy Gene Sieber said detectives were at the scene through the night and continued their investigation Wednesday. He said full details will be released when the investigation is finished.
The homeowner, 62, told sheriff’s detectives he was sleeping in his house in the 100 block of Mulford Road when he was awakened around 10:40 p.m. by a noise that led him to believe someone was trying to break in. Then he heard someone coming up the stairs inside the residence, he said.
The homeowner, whose name was withheld, told detectives he ordered the intruder to “freeze,” but the man continued to approach, according to the sheriff’s office. He said he shouted “freeze” again, but the other man kept coming closer. The homeowner said he then fired to stop the man from advancing.