Decision expected soon on bow and arrow shooting

2010-07-04T23:32:00Z 2010-07-06T07:56:11Z Decision expected soon on bow and arrow shootingBy Tony Lystra / The Daily News Longview Daily News
July 04, 2010 11:32 pm  • 

Cowlitz County Prosecutor Sue Baur said she may decide as soon as this week how to handle the case of a Kelso man suspected of shooting a burglary suspect with a bow and arrow last December.

Kelso police said that on Dec. 13, Scott Allen Schwingdorf saw Galen Louis Crayne prowling around a neighbor's property that had been left vacant by a recent fire. Schwingdorf armed himself with a hunting bow, stalked Crayne for more than three blocks to Cliff's Hilltop Market, then shot Crayne in the left buttock with a broadhead arrow, according to a police report.

Baur said in April that she was holding off on filing charges against Schwingdorf because local juries appeared to side in recent cases with defendants claiming self defense. Baur said at the time she was negotiating with Schwingdorf's attorney for an outcome that would be acceptable to the victim and his family.

Last month she said she was still researching case-law related to "use of force by the citizenry to stop crimes in progress." Baur said it is not "every day" that her office takes so long to decide whether and how to charge a suspect, but she said it is not unheard of in cases involving prickly legal issues.

Crayne has been charged with residential burglary.

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