Cyberstalking charges in Vanc. VA shooting

Cyberstalking charges in Vanc. VA shooting

Cyberstalking charges in Vanc. VA shooting

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Posted on February 5, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 6 at 1:14 PM

VANCOUVER -- The woman who allegedly shot a Vancouver Veterans Affairs worker twice in the chest Tuesday was discharged from the hospital and taken to jail on charges including attempted murder and cyberstalking

The victim, 45-year-old Allen Bricker, was taken to Peacehealth Southwest Medical Center with significant injuries, said Sgt. Fred Neiman. He has worked at the VA for 21 years and is a veteran himself, officials from the Portland VA Medical Center said Wednesday.

The shooting suspect, 46-year-old Deborah Lennon, was discharged from the hospital Wednesday and booked in the Clark County Jail on attempted murder, stalking, cyberstalking, and assault charges, Neiman said.

Lennon was a former employee who worked as a financial auditor for the VA and resigned two years ago to move out of state.

The Columbian newspaper reported Wednesday that Bricker filed a protection order against Lennon in January of 2013, and she had reportedly been stalking him since November of 2012.

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The episode happened just before 4 p.m. when Lennon went into the Clark County Community Health building at 1601 E. 4th Plain Blvd., Neiman said. She went up to Bricker, pulled out a handgun and shot him twice, he said.

That's when former Marine Neil Burkhardt, 31, of Portland jumped in and wrestled the gun from Lennon. In the struggle he injured his right hand and was in the hospital overnight.

Lennon suffered injuries to her face and torso, Neiman said. Arriving officers took her into custody.

"We heard about four shots and then a loud noise," said employee Denise Martino.

"On the first shot I thought something fell down," added employee Ryan Treglown.  "It was pretty clear it was a gun by the time of the third or fourth one."

This was the second shooting in two days within just a couple miles in the Vancouver area. On Monday, a worker at the Benjamin Moore paint distribution center allegedly shot his boss and then himself.

Both people died in that shooting and the circumstances remain under investigation.

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