Officials ID husband shot dead in Camas home

Crime

Stephanie Westby claims she was acting in self-defense

Stephanie Westby makes her first court appearance after being charged with the murder of her husband, Sept. 17, 2019. (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Clark Officials released the identity of a man shot to death at his Camas home a month ago.

Joseph N. Westby died by homicide on Sept. 15, according to the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Deputies responded to a report of a disturbance with a firearm at a home on Southeast 42nd Circle around 8 p.m. and found the 51-year-old man dead inside.

His wife, 47-year-old Stephanie Westby, was arrested and charged with one count of first-degree murder.

Stephanie Westby called 911 after allegedly shooting her husband. According to the probable cause document, Westby was “hysterical and crying” on the 911 call.

She reportedly said, “My husband and I just had a big fight… I thought he was going to kill me and I shot him.”

“When she called 911 she reported that he was threatening to kill her and attacked her so she acted in self-defense,” her attorney Steve Thayer said.

The couple’s 18-year-old son and 16-year-old daughter were interviewed and said there was no history of domestic violence in their home. They said their mother had been depressed and there were marital troubles since May, according to court documents.

The children told investigators their mother asked them both to be out of the house that night.

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