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Clark County Sheriff's Office Releases Critical Incident Video from 4/13/2024 - 04/19/24

On April 13th, 2024, the Clark County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) was involved in a deputy-involved shooting. Multiple deputies were on the scene at the time of the incident. Four deputies were placed on Critical Incident Leave. Two deputies discharged their firearms. Two deputies witnessed the incident.

Following a deputy-involved shooting, the Clark County Sheriff's Office (CCSO), at the discretion of the Sheriff, will release body-worn camera (BWC) videos of the incident. The release of these videos will be separate from the Independent Investigation Team's (IIT) investigation.

The Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team (SWIIRT), led by the Vancouver Police Department, is conducting an independent investigation of this incident. The Clark County Sheriff's Office is not involved in the deputy-involved shooting investigation. CCSO will conduct its administrative investigation/review after the SWIIRT investigation is completed. 

The Critical Incident Video can be viewed on the CCSO Body-Worn Camera Page.

The Sheriff's Office cannot comment on the video release or the ongoing investigation. The video's release is meant to provide visual context of the incident, as CCSO understands it to have occurred, according to the BWC video. The video does not encompass the complete context of all recordings captured by all four body cameras.

Please be aware that the video contains graphic imagery and viewer discretion is strongly advised.

UPDATE-4/13/24 4:50pm- Clark County Deputies Involved in Shooting Near Walgreens in Salmon Creek - 04/13/24

UPDATE-4/13/24 4:50pm

Around 3:25 p.m., CCSO Deputies located and arrested the female suspect near NE 144th Street and NE 20th Avenue. 

Any additional updates on this investigation will come from the SW Washington Independent Investigative Response Team (SWIIRT).

 


Update- 4/13/24 2:45pm

At 10:38 a.m. on April 13th, 2024, Clark County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) Deputies responded to a reported carjacking in Hazel Dell (9200 Block of NE 15th Avenue).

The victim reported that two suspects, a male and a female, had stolen his van. The witness also stated that the male suspect was armed with a handgun. The suspects reportedly left the scene in the stolen van.

At 10:54 a.m., CCSO Deputies were dispatched to a suspicious circumstance near Goodwill in Salmon Creek, located at 14300 NE 20th Avenue. Witnesses stated that a male and female had attempted to carjack a vehicle with a person inside.

Descriptions of the suspects near Goodwill matched the descriptions of the armed suspects in the Hazel Dell carjacking.

Deputies responded to the scene and set up a containment area to search for the suspects. Deputies located the stolen van from the Hazel Dell carjacking behind the American Legion at 14011 NE 20th Avenue. Deputies observed the male suspect enter the American Legion.

Deputies contacted the suspect inside the American Legion, where an officer-involved shooting took place. The male suspect is deceased.

No deputies were physically injured.

Law enforcement searched the area using K9 and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) but were unable to locate the female suspect. She is currently outstanding. 

Four CCSO deputies are now on Critical Incident Leave, per standard protocol. 

The information is preliminary, and this is an ongoing investigation. The Clark County Sheriff’s Office notified the Washington State Office of Independent Investigations. The SW Washington Independent Investigation Team (SWIIRT), led by the Vancouver Police Department, will be investigating the shooting.  

As part of CCSO’s Body Worn Camera (BWC) Program, video captured by body-worn cameras and in-car cameras will be reviewed and released at a later time.

In compliance with WAC 139-12, Clark County Sheriff’s Office personnel will not be involved in this investigation.

  • All future communications will be sent via the SWIIRT.
  • The SWIIRT will release the names of the involved deputies.
  • The Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office will release the name of the deceased.
  • Once the SWIIRT investigation is complete, the case will be forwarded to the Clark County Prosecutor’s Office for review.

No further information is available at this time.


Clark County Sheriff’s Deputies have been involved in a shooting in the Salmon Creek area near the Walgreens at 139th Street and 20th Avenue. There is a large police presence at the scene; please avoid the area. More information will be released soon.

Town Hall Flyer
Town Hall Flyer
Sheriff Horch to Host Town Hall in Ridgefield on April 25th, 2024 (Photo) - 04/12/24

Clark County Sheriff John Horch will host a town hall on Thursday, April 25th, starting at 5:30 pm. Sheriff Horch would like to invite the community to discuss public safety topics and hear updates on CCSO. 

Sheriff Horch and members of his leadership team will be available to answer questions.

The town hall will occur at CCSO's West Precinct at 505 NW 179th St., Ridgefield, WA, from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm.

This will be the Sheriff's fifth community engagement event, following events last year in Five Corners, Camas, Salmon Creek, and Battle Ground. 

See the attached flyer for more information.

Attached Media Files: Town Hall Flyer
CCSO Investigating Multiple Armed Robberies from Businesses - 04/11/24

On 04/11/24, at approximately 12:33, an unknown suspect committed an armed robbery of the Starbucks located within the Safeway at 13023 NE Highway 99. The suspect was described as a white male in his forties, over six feet tall, and around 200 pounds. He wore a light blue hoodie with black writing, dark blue sweatpants, black shoes, a black stocking cap, and a black COVID-style mask. The suspect was armed with a long knife similar to a fillet or long paring knife.

The suspect fled the scene on foot and possibly got into a vehicle a short distance away.

An employee of Safeway was knocked to the ground by the suspect as the suspect fled. The employee was transported to a local hospital for further evaluation. 

Deputies conducted a K9 and unmanned aircraft system search for the suspect, and there was a heavy police presence in the area during that time.

At 14:18 hours, the Walgreens at 8511 NE 162nd Avenue was also robbed at knifepoint by a suspect matching the same description. Again, the suspect fled the scene on foot and possibly got into a vehicle a short distance away.

The area around Walgreens was searched, but the suspect was not located. A heavy police presence was in the area during that time.

The suspect in today’s robbery matches the physical description and nature of a robbery at the same Safeway on 4/8/24. 

In the robbery on 4/8/24, the suspect was described as a white male, approximately 6-00 tall, medium build, wearing a dark-colored sweater, sweatpants, a black COVID-style mask, and a gray beanie.

These incidents are being actively investigated. No photos are available at this time. This release will be updated if more information becomes available.

Suspect Vehicle with Firearm
Suspect Vehicle with Firearm
Arrest Made in Drive-By Shootings at Multiple Locations (Photo) - 04/09/24

On April 9th, 2024, at approximately 01:41 hours, Clark County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) deputies responded to the report of shots heard in the area of NE Saint Johns Road and NE LaLonde Drive.  At 01:51 hours, the reporting party called back into 911 after reviewing their home surveillance footage and advised they could see the headlights of a car enter the parking lot of the Seventh Day Adventist Church at 9711 NE Saint Johns Road just before the shots were heard.  Deputies located numerous 9mm bullet casings in the parking lot of the church and damage from bullets to the front of the church building.   

At 01:57 hours, several 911 callers reported multiple shots heard in the area of NW 99th Street and NW 9th Avenue.   Deputies arrived and found 17 bullet casings on the ground at the Kessid Columbia Church at 907 NW 99th Street. Deputies observed that the windows of the church building had been damaged, likely from gunfire.  They also found 3 bullet casings near an unoccupied Kia SUV parked in the church parking lot and found it had been struck by bullets at least three times.

At 02:03 hours, while investigating the damage at Seventh Day Adventist church, deputies heard multiple gunshots coming from the west. A deputy observed a blue SUV driving in the area of the shots heard with the lights “blacked out” heading westbound on NE 99th Street. The deputy turned to follow the vehicle. At that time, the vehicle began driving recklessly, speeding northbound on NE Highway 99 and driving in the oncoming lanes with no lights on.  Deputies did not attempt a stop at that time but were able to get license plate information from the vehicle, a blue Toyota Highlander. The vehicle was registered to an address in Felida.

Deputies surveilled the residence where the vehicle was registered and saw no sign of it. They phoned the registered owner of the vehicle, who advised that he was out of town but that his adult son and his wife should be home. Deputies made contact with an adult female at the residence. She stated her adult son should have been there, but he was not, and she didn’t know when he had left. An empty SIG SAUER pistol case was located at the residence. With the information they obtained, deputies believed the adult son, Aleksey Suturin, was a suspect in the shootings.

At 03:29 hours, deputies still in the area of the Kessid Columbia Church heard a single gunshot from the area of Columbia River High School. They checked the area and located a vehicle in the parking lot with a bullet hole in the windshield.

At 03:36 hours, deputies near the suspect’s residence observed the suspect vehicle “blacked out” and driving slowly into the neighborhood. When the suspect saw deputies, he again took off northbound recklessly and was last seen in the area of NW 199th Street and NW 41st Ave.

Deputies continued to roam the area, attempting to locate the vehicle. A short time later, deputies observed the suspect vehicle near NW 139th Street and NW 2nd Avenue, at which time the vehicle quickly accelerated and turned south onto Interstate 5. Deputies attempted to stop the vehicle, but it eluded. Deputies successfully “spiked” the vehicle’s tires on Interstate 5 south of NE 99th Street.  The vehicle continued before stopping on the shoulder of Interstate 5 just north of Main Street. The suspect exited the vehicle and ran south on Interstate 5. He was followed and observed from a distance until more units arrived. The subject eventually complied with commands from deputies, and he was taken into custody without incident. 

The subject was identified as 23-year-old Aleksey Suturin of Vancouver, WA.  Aleksey was found to be wearing body armor under a jacket with several 9mm pistol magazines on it.  Once back at the vehicle, deputies observed a SIG SAUER handgun on the driver’s seat floorboard of his vehicle, as well as multiple loose, what appeared to be 9mm rounds lying on the front seats.  The vehicle was seized pending a search warrant.

Aleksey was booked into the Clark County Jail on two counts of Drive-By Shooting, two counts of Malicious Mischief 1st degree, one count of Malicious Mischief 2nd degree, one count of Attempt to Elude, and two counts of Reckless Driving.

At least two churches and two vehicles were damaged during the incident. This is an active investigation, and detectives from the CCSO Major Crimes Unit (MCU) will be conducting further investigation into the shootings.

Arrest made in Northeast Vancouver homicide - 04/02/24

On 4/2/24 at approximately 6:44 am, a man called 911 from the 3200 block of NE Petticoat Lane and reported that he had shot another man with a bow and arrow after an altercation. Deputies responded to the scene, where they located a deceased male with an arrow in his chest lying in the driveway of the residence. 

A witness reported seeing two men fighting in front of the residence earlier in the morning, around 6:05 am. One of the men was reportedly seen walking away with the other following in a vehicle. It appears the two returned, where a second altercation ensued, resulting in a homicide. 

Richard Vanderhoek, the man who had called 911, provided a first name for the victim to investigators, and referred to him as an acquaintance. Vanderhoek was transported to an area hospital for apparent minor injuries. Investigators arrested Vanderhoek on a charge of Murder in the Second Degree. 

This case is active and pending further investigation. The identity of the deceased and the cause and manner of death can be requested through the Clark County Medical Examiner's Office.

Update-3/28-James Rummell Arrested-CCSO Investigates Burglary/Murder in Hockinson area - 03/28/24

Update 3/28/2024 7:15pm

This evening, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit, with assistance from the Tactical Detective and Special Investigations Units, has arrested James Rummell. Rummell will be booked into the Clark County Jail on charges of accomplice to Murder in the First Degree and accomplice to Burglary in the First Degree.


Media contact was not updated in the previous release. Please contact SGT Chris Skidmore if needed.


Update 3/25/2024 10:00am

On March 24th, 2024, as the Clark County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) Major Crimes Unit (MCU) detectives continued their murder investigation, a tip was provided to law enforcement about the potential murder suspect. 

The investigation led to the arrest of Darrell Riley, age 55, by the Eugene Police Department in Eugene, Oregon. Darrell is being held on a Temporary Felony Warrant for Murder in the First Degree, requested by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.  He will remain in custody in Oregon while the Clark County Prosecutor’s Office seeks extradition.

The stolen Ford F-150 from this incident was recovered in a rural part of Benton County, Oregon. The vehicle was damaged by fire, which appears likely to have been intentionally set to destroy evidence of the murder.

While official identification will come from the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office, CCSO has identified the deceased as Lindy Rummell, age 60, of Brush Prairie, WA.

The investigation revealed that the victim’s husband, James Rummell, was friends with Darrell Riley. It appeared that James had driven to Eugene, picked Darrell up, and brought him back to Clark County earlier in the day before the murder. After a second search warrant was served on the Rummell residence, James Rummell was booked into the Clark County Jail for Making False Statements to a Public Servant. Additional charges are possible as James Rummell is being considered a suspect in this murder. It appears James may have solicited Darrell to stage what appeared to be an interrupted burglary to commit the murder of Lindy Rummell. 

This case remains an active investigation.


On March 23rd, 2024, at 6:54 PM, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) responded to a report of a female shot inside a residence in the 18000 block of NE 119th St. She was located by her husband and two friends arriving at the house.  CCSO deputies arrived and found the adult female deceased inside the residence with apparent gunshot wounds.

A 2001 black Ford F-150, with Washington license plates, “C73655Y” was reported stolen from the scene.  A previously taken picture of the vehicle is attached. If located, the occupants of the vehicle should be considered armed and dangerous.  Please call 911 and do not approach the vehicle.

The circumstances of the female’s death are actively being investigated by CCSO Major Crimes Unit and limited information is being released at this time. The identity of the deceased is not being released at this time.

Clark County Crisis System
Clark County Crisis System
Clark County Sheriff's Office sees success with Co-Responder Program in first 90 days (Photo) - 03/26/24

In December 2023, Sea Mar Community Health Centers launched the Co-Responder Program with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO). The program intends to assist Clark County Deputies, often called to respond to community members in crisis with underlying behavioral health issues. The program was modeled after successful programs currently utilized by other law enforcement agencies in Washington, including the Vancouver Police Department. 

Co-responders include dedicated behavioral health professionals available for direct scene responses or phone consultations with deputies dispatched to calls involving people in crisis. If they respond to the scene, Co-responders can make assessments, share a more profound knowledge of available community resources, and coordinate care with other providers. Deputies can work alongside Co-responders and, if needed, will stay on the scene to ensure the safety of all involved. Depending on the situation, Co-responders may continue the intervention without the deputy, allowing the deputy to return to service.   

The goals of this program include addressing behavioral health crisis needs for individuals in Clark County with an appropriate and timely response, including 911 calls and referrals from Mental Health Professionals and Peers. The program intends to provide options for interventions and dispositions in the crisis response system for calls that are routed through 911 and provide increased capacity to CCSO Deputies by allowing for a behavioral health response team to remain on a call as the disposition while the CCSO deputy can re-deploy. 

Data from the program's first three months indicate regular use by CCSO Deputies, with an average of approximately 16 calls per month to Co-responders.

Data from the first 90 days of the Co-Responder Program:

 Calls Calls turned to outreach Avg. min. from the start of the call to arrival on the scene 
December 2023 19 11 33 
January 2024 24 
February 2024 19 11 33 
TOTAL 47 25 30 

Acceptance of the resources provided by Co-responders is voluntary and at the discretion of the person in crisis. Deputies continue to investigate whether criminal legal actions would be appropriate or whether the person in crisis meets the criteria for police detainment under the Involuntary Treatment Act. 

"I firmly believe that our Co-Responder Program, uniting law enforcement with mental health professionals, is not just a partnership but a lifeline for our community. It's not only about enforcing the law; it's about ensuring compassion and understanding prevail in moments of crisis,” said Clark County Sheriff John Horch. “This program is essential in bridging the gap between justice and mental health care, reaffirming our commitment to safety and well-being for all.” 

Carelon Behavioral Health is funding the pilot program, and Sea Mar Community Health Centers is providing the program. Carelon Behavioral Health and funds from the Clark County Mental Health Sales Tax will collaboratively fund the program in the future. The Clark County Council recently allocated these specialized tax funds to the 2024 Annual Budget. 

The following are summaries of calls and outcomes from the first three months of the Co-Responder Program: 

  • Deputies responded to a call for a pregnant, suicidal woman with mental health issues.  Co-responders attempted to de-escalate the situation, but she was uncooperative. They assisted deputies in the determination to place her on a police hold.  The woman was uncooperative and was transported to a hospital.  The Co-responders assisted with documentation and communication.  The woman’s family was grateful for the response, believing the first responders saved her from killing herself and her unborn child. 
  • Deputies responded to a suicide attempt in the lobby of a mental health clinic. The individual had previously been under a police hold and had been transported to the clinic but did not meet the acceptance criteria. Co-responders arrived and helped assess the situation to determine whether a police hold was the best option and communicated with hospital staff. 
  • Deputies contacted a woman living in a vehicle and refused to remove it from a Hazel Dell neighborhood despite months of complaints from citizens and warnings from police. Co-responders contacted the woman to help her with housing options. Following that contact, the vehicle left the area. 
  • Deputies and Co-responders arrived at a scene to assist a woman who wanted to go to treatment. Co-responders provided her with a planning session to help in her detox and mental health treatment. 

If you or a loved one is experiencing a mental health crisis, community resources can be reached through 988 at the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline or through the Southwest Washington Crisis Line at 1-800-626-8137

About Carelon Behavioral Health 

As the only national organization to serve as a Behavioral Health Administrative Services Organization (BHASO) in Washington State, Carelon Behavioral Health oversees a safety net that provides crisis services, mental health, and substance use disorder services (MH/SUD), and housing subsidies to qualified residents. Serving more than 1.6 million residents across eight counties, Carelon Behavioral Health delivers high-quality, culturally competent, cost-effective, and community-based care regardless of insurance status or income level. Our services take a person-centered approach to care, including assessment, intervention, and stabilization efforts promoting resiliency, rehabilitation, and recovery.  

About Sea Mar Community Health Centers 

Sea Mar Community Health Centers, founded in 1978, is a community-based organization committed to providing quality, comprehensive health, human, housing, educational, and cultural services to diverse communities, specializing in service to Latinos in Washington State. Sea Mar’s network of services includes more than 90 medical, dental, and behavioral health clinics and a wide variety of nutritional, social, and educational services, including Mobile Crisis services in Clark County since 2018. 

Attached Media Files: Clark County Crisis System