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Neighbors: Crowbar used in Normandy Park attack

NORMANDY PARK, Wash. — For the first time in more than 25 years police in the small town of Normandy Park are investigating a homicide. Emergency responders found a man dead inside a home on Normandy Terrace and they also rushed a woman to the hospital. Police have a suspect in custody.

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SEATTLE — The 911 tapes were released Thursday in which a caller calmly reported the murder of 96-year-old Phil Hamlin in his Normandy Park home on Jan. 25.

911tapeOperator: “911.”

Caller: “I’d like to report a murder.”

Operator: “Who was murdered?”

Caller: (unintelligible) “Hamlin.”

Operator: “OK, and who murdered him?”

Caller: “I did.”

Operator: “OK, how did you murder him?”

Caller: “I shot him with a .38 special.”

Investigators say the caller was Shane Chamberlain, admitting to the killing of Hamlin.

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Shane Chamberlain has pleaded not guilty to killing Phil Hamlin, 96, in Normandy Park in January.

Cops say the 22-year-old also beat the Hamlin’s granddaughter with a crowbar. She survived the attack.

Chamberlin is the estranged husband of Hamlin’s live-in caregiver and was staying at the house as a guest.

He pleaded not guilty to murder and assault charges. He’s due back in court Feb. 24.

KENT — Shane Ryan Chamberlain, 22, pleaded not guilty to murder and assault charges Monday in connection with the fatal shooting of a 96-year-old man in his home on Jan. 25 in Normandy Park.

chamberlainChamberlain is also accused of a crowbar attack on the victim’s granddaughter.

The defendant is charged with first-degree murder with a firearm enhancement and first-degree assault with a deadly weapon. The defendant remains in jail with bail set at $2 million.

A case setting hearing is scheduled for Feb. 24.

SEATTLE — For the first time, we’re hearing from the victim’s family in the violent murder and assault in a Normandy Park home last weekend.

suspectCops arrested 22-year-old Shane Chamberlain – and on Tuesday he was charged with first-degree murder with a firearm enhancement and first-degree assault with a deadly weapon.

The details in the probable cause documents are disturbing.  The documents say Chamberlain called 911 to say he shot and killed 96-year-old Phil Hamlin. And when a 911 operator asked why, Chamberlain said he had ‘broke.’

Police say Chamberlain killed Hamlin and assaulted Hamlin’s granddaughter, Bethany Hamlin, during a vicious attack.

Chamberlain is the estranged husband of Phil Hamlin’s live-in caregiver.

The Hamlins knew Chamberlain for four years but he’d only been staying at their house as a guest when the attack happened.

“We did of course a cursory background,” said Harry Hamlin. “There was no evidence of any violence in his background whatsoever.”

Kids in the neighborhood got quite a scare Saturday night when they say Phil’s granddaughter ran into their yard begging for help.

Court documents reveal that Bethany received deep lacerations to her skull and defensive wounds to her arms. Police allege that Chamberlain attacked her with a crowbar.

Medics found Phil dead inside the home and Bethany was rushed to the hospital — she’s now recovering at home.

Chamberlain waived his court appearance on Monday and his bail hearing could happen as early as Tuesday.

The Hamlin family says Phil was a pioneer in the cable television business in the 1970s.

NORMANDY PARK, Wash. — For the first time in more than 25 years police in the small town of Normandy Park are investigating a homicide.

seattle-police-crime-blotter-is-now-51-hyper-local-twitter-feeds-b3407aeb47Emergency responders found a man dead inside a home on Normandy Terrace and they also rushed a woman to the hospital.

Police have a suspect in custody.

It started out with two separate calls to 911 – one to report a shooting and another reporting an assault. Neighbors say a woman, bleeding from her head, was screaming and begging for help.

“She just jumped over the fence next to where I was riding my bike and said, ‘help me, help me please,” said neighbor Ronan Bishop.

Ronan and his brother Atticus rushed the woman into their house and called 911.

“This woman came in and I could see that she was badly hurt,” said Atticus. “She was bleeding quite heavily from the head.”

Medics discovered a man dead inside the home; neighbors call the victim an elderly man.

The second victim was rushed to the hospital.

Neighbors say the suspect was a guest of the family, and police say there is no longer any danger to the neighborhood.

“We do have somebody in custody and we don’t believe there’s anybody else outstanding,” said Sgt. Brain Sommer with the Normandy Park Police Department.

The Coalition of Small Police Agencies Major Crimes Task Force is now assisting in the case. It’s the first murder in Normandy Park since 1987.

“I can tell you that I’ve been here for 13 years and this is the first homicide I’ve heard of,” said Sommer.

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