VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Vancouver Police are investigating the death of a man inside the Market Place Apartments on General Anderson Avenue near Fourth Plain Boulevard.
About 12:25 a.m. officers say they came to the apartments on reports of a burglary in progress.
Once they got to the scene, they found a man face down on the apartment floor. The man was unconscious and not breathing. Police immediately tried life-saving techniques to save the man.
Firefighters and paramedics then arrived to try to save him but determined the man was dead at the scene.
Vancouver Police say the man found dead in the home is the reported burglar. They say he broke into the apartment, and there were other people inside. Police say, everyone knew each other and the burglar ended up dead.
Downstairs neighbor Nehemiah Rasheed says he woke up to booming and yelling.
“A couple minutes later is when it started to get really physical and it was just a lot of noise, a lot of banging. It's obviously not a lot of space,” he said.
“We came out and I saw the guy holding him and he said, ‘can somebody call the police?’”. Rasheed says his older brother called police, along with a neighbor upstairs.
“It is crazy to know that somebody died upstairs,” he said.
Police have not said how the man died, or who is responsible, just that they found him dead at the scene. The death did not involve gunfire.
Police say the man’s name is being withheld pending notification to next of kin.