On 2/20/2021 at approximately 3:08 pm, Skamania County EMS was dispatched to Carson, Washington for an unconscious male experiencing continual seizure type symptoms. Upon arrival, EMS requested a Deputy respond. The patient had an obvious injury to the left side of his face, reported as a fall from a seizure. He was stabilized for transport and taken by ambulance to Peace Health SW. The Deputy’s at the scene attempted to gain further information but were met with an uncooperative witness.
On 2/22/2021 at approximately 2:51 pm, Derek Vlietstra, 28, of Carson, Washington called the Sheriff’s Office to report a subject named “Nathan” had come to his residence and stated he’d assaulted his father, Damon S. Vlietstra, 50, of Carson, Washington, and it was not a seizure as originally reported. We learned Damon was still at Peace Health SW on what was described and confirmed as “end of life care” and wasn’t expected to survive.
On 2/23/2021 a suspect was identified from video obtained from surveillance camera’s at Derek Vlietstra’s residence. Nathan D. Goncalves, 45, transient, came to the Sheriff’s Office, the morning of 2/23/2021, to provide a statement. He was then arrested for felony assault after confirming details of the incident. A search warrant was served on the Carson residence and additional evidence was seized.
On 2/24/2021 our office was notified Damon Vliestra died at Peace Health SW. An autopsy was conducted, and we are awaiting results, however the charges on Goncalves were amended to Murder 2nd degree, Manslaughter 1st & 2nd Degree, and Assault 1st Degree (original charge). The investigation is on-going.