VANCOUVER, Wash. — The suspect in a deadly Vancouver shooting appeared in court Wednesday on a second-degree murder charge.
Antoine Steven Archer, 20, is accused of shooting an 18-year-old man during an altercation Tuesday afternoon. Archer was arrested at a Vancouver urgent care clinic where he was getting treatment after he accidentally shot himself in the hand, according to police.
The shooting occurred at around 2:24 p.m. in the 5200 block of East Fourth Plain Boulevard. Vancouver police said Trevonta Burks and Archer had a verbal altercation that turned physical, which resulted in Archer shooting Burks.
In court Wednesday, Deputy Chief Prosecutor Casey Vu requested bail be set at $2 million, telling the judge that while Archer did not have a criminal history, he did pose a danger to the community. Vu said Archer killed Burks “in cold blood” in the middle of the afternoon on a busy street.
Tim Gordon, KGW
Court paperwork describes a brief altercation between the two men before Archer allegedly pulled out a handgun and shot at Burks. Investigators wrote that video surveillance confirms that. Detectives wrote that Archer stated he “didn’t mean to hurt anybody”, and that he fired the weapon at the ground.
Archer’s court-appointed attorney argued that bail be set at $250,000, citing the lack of a criminal history and Archer’s numerous family and friends in the courtroom. Some of those supporters were emotional as the bail was discussed.
In the end, the judge set bail at $2 million, citing the safety of the community. His arraignment is set for Feb. 19 at 8:30 a.m.
When asked for comment after the hearing, one young woman connected to the group supporting Archer said, “We all need to stop killing each other. Black lives matter, period.”