Document: Hazel Dell roommates argument ends in death

Clark County

Justin Romero accused of killing Michael Brachais

A homicide investigation in the 600 block of NW 82nd Street of Hazell Dell, July 6, 2021 (KOIN)

CLARK COUNTY, Wash. (KOIN) — A man has been arrested following a homicide investigation in Hazel Dell earlier this week.

Justin N. Romero, 31, was charged with second degree murder and booked into the Clark County Jail. The victim was identified as 45-year-old Michael Neil Brachais. The Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled his death a homicide and “multiple gun shot wounds” as the cause of death.

Authorities said they found a person dead at a home after responding to a call about gunfire shortly before 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 6 at 620 NW 82nd St. in Hazel Dell.

Probable cause documents obtained by KOIN 6 News showed there were 3 adults in the home at the time of the shooting — Romero, Brachais and a woman — along with at least one child. The shooting followed an argument between Romero and Brachais.

Romero, the documents state, told Brachais to pack his belongings and get out. The woman said she heard Brachais yell at Romero, “Just shoot me,” followed by 2 gunshots.

Law enforcement officials served a search warrant to a home in Camas following the incident, which is where Romero was found. Officials said Romero “made unsolicited statements that he knew we were coming for him… and immediately requested an attorney.”

There are no other outstanding suspects, investigators said.

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