Smith Tower shooting suspect doesn’t want to post bail

Clark County

Dean Tunstall died from multiple gunshot wounds to the chest

VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN) — The man suspected of shooting 3 people at a Vancouver retirement community pleaded not guilty Tuesday and will remain in custody.

Robert Breck appeared shackled in a Clark County courtroom late Tuesday afternoon. The Columbian reports he told the judge he didn’t want to post bail, that he’s happy right where he is.

His trial is tentatively scheduled for May 2020.

The 80-year-old is accused of the murder of Dean Tunstall in the lobby of the Smith Tower Apartments on October 3, along with 2 counts of attempted murder for shooting a pair of women.

The Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed that Tunstall, 75, died from multiple gunshot wounds to the chest and ruled the manner of death a homicide.

Vancouver shooting victim Dean Tunstall just hours before his death on October 3, 2019. (Courtesy photo)

The report also revealed that the firearm used in the shooting was a revolver.

Police were called out to the Vancouver apartment tower just after 2 p.m. on Thursday, October 3. Three people had been shot in the lobby. The suspect had barricaded himself in an apartment on a higher floor within the building, spurring a standoff with police. After 3 hours of crisis negotiation, police arrested Breck without further incident.

Breck now faces charges of murder and attempted murder.

A suspect is in custody after a shooting at Smith Tower in Vancouver, October 3, 2019. (KOIN)

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