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Man who shot neighbor over loud music sentenced to prison

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Christopher Paul, file image from 2012 Christopher Paul, file image from 2012
VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) -

A Vancouver man who shot and killed his neighbor over a noise complaint was sentenced to more than six years behind bars.

Christopher Paul pleaded guilty to manslaughter in March and was sentenced Thursday. He was originally charged with murder.

Police were called out to the Village at Cascade Park Apartments, 501 SE Seventh St., around 4:45 a.m. March 3, 2012.

Court documents show Paul called 911 to report a confrontation with a man playing loud music inside his car in the parking lot.

Paul told police he knocked on the car's window and the man got out and "charged him." Paul told dispatchers he fired a single round from his gun and returned to his apartment.

Police arrived and found Eric Walswick down in the parking lot. He was taken to the hospital and died from a gunshot wound. No weapons were located on or near Walswick, according to police.

According to a probable cause statement, Paul said he was "afraid for his life" during the confrontation. His wife had called 911 at 2 a.m. several days earlier for a similar loud music complaint.

Paul will have 510 days removed from his sentence as credit for time already served. Once released from prison, he will be on post-prison supervision for 1.5 years.

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