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Smith Tower shooting suspect dies in custody

The man accused in the Smith Tower shooting that killed a fellow resident and wounded another resident and her caregiver died Tuesday, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

Robert “Bob” Breck, 80, had been in custody at the Clark County Jail since Oct. 3 and was being held without bail. He was transported Feb. 5 to a local hospital for treatment of an illness and died of natural causes there, the sheriff’s office announced Wednesday. Breck’s family was aware of his condition.

He was facing one count of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder in Clark County Superior Court.

Breck was arrested Oct. 3 after a nearly 21/2-hour standoff with law enforcement at the senior living apartments in downtown Vancouver. He fired shots in the building’s lobby, killing Dean Leon Tunstall, 75, and wounding Enelia Montoya, 73, and her caregiver Shawne L. Garris, 44, according to police.

The Clark County medical examiner determined that Tunstall died of gunshot wounds to the chest from a revolver.

Breck told investigators that he had an ongoing feud with Tunstall, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

Last month, a judge ordered that Breck undergo a mental health assessment after his court-appointed attorney raised concerns about his competency to stand trial. A review hearing was set for the end of the month.


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