An elementary school teacher in Washington state was shot and killed while taking a shower on another man's property on Saturday. Prosecutors said that he may have believed he was in a friend's home.
31-year-old Nathanial Rosa was shot three times through a shower curtain according to a report by the New York Daily News. He was showering in a home owned by 59-year old Bruce Fanning. Fanning was arrested on suspicion of murder.
Rosa was out drinking and celebrating with friends the night before, Mason County according to their report. A friend of Rosa’s was being deployed.
"The two properties are almost identical," Mason County prosecutor Michael Dorcy said in the report. "They’re the same floor plan. The assumption is that he thought he was returning to his friend’s house and thought he was locked out. But he’s dead now so we can't confirm."
Toxicology results are pending. Dorcy said it would not be surprising if Rosa was under the influence.
“He didn't have his own transportation. So maybe when he got back to the house that he thought was his friend’s house and couldn’t get in, he may have thought he was locked out and then forced his way in before he took his clothes off,” Dorcy speculated. He said that the victim's clothing was "soaking wet” which could mean that Rosa was suffering from hypothermia, which Dorcy said could cause disorientation.
Fanning is the proprietor of Target Zone Sports, an online retailer that sells blowguns, crossbows, throwing stars, military knives and other weapons. According to the report, the company has been in business 27 years.
Dorcy said the evidence supports a first-degree murder charge.
"The reality is, when you're acting in self-defense, you're allowed to act on appearances," he said in the report. "But the force has to be reasonable and not more than necessary."