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January 28, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Charges: Elderly Normandy Park man killed with own handgun

Bail was set at $2 million on Tuesday for Shane Chamberlain, a 22-year-old Normandy Park man accused in the unprovoked crowbar attack on a young woman and the shooting death of her grandfather, 96-year-old Philip Hamlin, in Hamlin’s home on Saturday afternoon.

King County prosecutors filed formal charges on Tuesday, charging Chamberlain with first-degree murder with a firearm in connection with Hamlin’s death, and first-degree assault with a deadly weapon for the attack on his granddaughter.

The granddaughter was vacuuming in her grandfather’s house when Chamberlain attacked, striking her at least a dozen times in the head, neck and arms with a metal crowbar, Senior Deputy Prosecutor Adrienne McCoy wrote in charging documents. The young woman grabbed a metal chair to defend herself; she was able to escape to a neighbor’s house and call 911, charging papers say.

While alone in the house, Chamberlain “searched for and located” a .38-caliber revolver that belonged to Hamlin, the papers say.

“He fired the weapon twice, shooting and killing Mr. Hamlin, who was resting in his family room,” McCoy wrote.

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