Stevenson shooting leaves one dead, one jailed on suspicion of murder

Police say William Prosser, 24, of Stevenson, fatally shot a 37-year-old Oregon man Sunday morning after a trip to Bagby Hot Springs

One man is dead and another in jail on suspicion of murder after what Skamania County Sheriff’s deputies say was a hot springs trip gone horribly wrong.

Deputies say Micheal K. McLaughlin, 37, of Tigard, Oregon, and William F. Prosser, 24, of Stevenson, along with three others, had taken a trip to Bagby Hot Springs in the Mount Hood National Forest over the weekend and driven to a Lakeview Drive residence in Stevenson early Sunday morning.

“It was shortly after their arrival (that) a verbal dispute occurred between Prosser and McLaughlin, ending with McLaughlin sustaining fatal gunshot woulds,” the sheriff’s office reported today.

The sheriff’s deputies responded to the Lakeview Drive location around 8:35 a.m., Sunday morning, after receiving a report that a caller had heard “multiple gunshots and people screaming for the police.”

Deputies found McLaughlin dead outside the Lakeview Drive home, and arrested Prosser.

The Clark County Medical Examiner’s office is conducting an autopsy on McLaughlin’s body. Prosser has been booked into the Skamania County Jail on suspicion of murder.