Man charged with murder after shooting intruder in shower

A homeowner shot and killed an intruder Saturday along East Trails Road in Mason County.

The shooting happened around 8 a.m. Saturday at a home in rural Mason County south of Belfair.

The homeowner is now facing a second-degree murder charge. Fanning occupies two houses on the property, with one residence serving as his home, and the other serving as his business.

According to detectives, the homeowner shot the intruder, who he found in the shower, multiple times, killing him.

Fanning left the building to retrieve a Smith and Wesson.45-caliber handgun, then returned and shot the intruder three times through the shower curtain, according to court documents.

The homeowner continued to investigate and found Nathaniel Joseph Rosa, 31, in the bathroom taking a shower, police said. The man had been visiting his mother who lives in North Mason, Stockwell said. Adams told iFIBER ONE News Radio that the homeowner will be identified when he's formally charged in Mason County Superior Court on Monday.

A report via the Olympian cited Fanning saying he told the intruder to leave, but according to Fanning, Rosa replied with "non-understandable verbal threats". While inside, he confronted a man he found in the shower before leaving the property to go get a gun. He later returned with a gun and shot and killed the intruder. 'And we've contacted our local prosecutor, explained the circumstances to him, and he agrees that 2nd degree murder was an appropriate charge in this case'.

The sheriff's office reports that "statements and evidence in this case do not support necessary/reasonable self-defense at this time".

Lt. Travis Adams described the man's use of deadly force as unwarranted. And the sheriff's office reported on Twitter that he was cooperating with authorities at the scene.

Investigators do not believe that Rosa was armed at the time of his death.

  • Larry Hoffman