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EPHRATA – Initial evidence reportedly shows Rodney Schaler allegedly shot an Ephrata man in self-defense.

Schaler, a 22-year-old Soap Lake man, was released from Grant County Jail on Wednesday after he was arrested following the Monday night shooting.

Chief Deputy Prosecutor Ed Owens said Schaler was set free pending further investigation, but it appears the other man involved in the incident was reportedly the aggressor.

The chief deputy won’t be able to make a final determination on the case until he receives the rest of the police reports, he said.  The information Owens had wasn’t enough to charge Schaler.

Ephrata police responded to a G Street Southeast residence at 11:11 p.m. after gunshots were heard in the area. Police found Schaler armed and arrested him for assault in the first degree.

He allegedly told police he was involved in a fight with another man and shot him in self-defense. The other man reportedly drew a knife during the fight, according to police Chief Mike Warren.

Police found the other man, Cody Miller, a 22-year-old Ephrata resident, on F Street Southeast. He received five gunshot wounds to the torso, according to his mother Christine Miller.

Owens said Miller is still recovering.