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Vancouver Police investigate shooting - 06/21/22

Vancouver, Wash. – On June 21, 2022, at approximately 1:52 a.m., Vancouver Police responded to the report of a shooting at 203 SE 148th Avenue. A male called 9-1-1 to report that he confronted an unknown male breaking into his vehicle, damaging it with a shovel and that he shot the person multiple times in his driveway. The male who was shot was transported to an area hospital and is currently in critical condition. An RV parked in the driveway of a neighboring residence was struck by one round, no injuries were reported as a result. 

The vehicle owner, Jacob A. Cantrell, 33 years of age, was interviewed by detectives and arrested and booked into the Clark County Jail for Assault I. 

The Vancouver Police Department Major Crimes Unit is continuing the investigation. 


Vancouver Police Seeks Missing Teen (Photo) - 06/15/22

The Vancouver Police Department is trying to locate Norman Smith, a 17-year-old male missing since 5/12/2022. Norman ran away from his home on 5/12 and was spotted by family or associates in Vancouver up until 5/19. It is believed that someone who knows Norman may be harboring him. Norman is a white male, 5'11" tall, 200 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing all black clothing, but likely has other clothing.

Anyone with information about where Norman may be is asked to call 911.

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Vancouver Police needs assistance locating a Missing Child (Located: Safe) - 06/15/22

*** Update ***

On June 15, 2022, Odessa Riley was located safe. 


The Vancouver Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing 12 year-old-female. Odessa J. RILEY DOB: 08/01/2009 was last seen on 06/14/2022 at her residence.  

Odessa has black curly hair and brown eyes. She is 5 foot 8 inches tall and about 170 pounds. Odessa was last seen wearing a black shirt, black sweats, turquoise slide's, and “Skyzone” socks.  

There are no known medical concerns for Odessa at this time and there is no foul play suspected. If anyone has any information on the whereabouts of Odessa, please call 911.

Case number 2022-015576.

Vancouver Police looking for missing man (Photo) - 06/10/22

*** UPDATE: Mr Vossenkemper returned home safe on 6/8/2022. VPD thanks the public for tips received.***

The Vancouver Police Department is seeking the public's help in locating Jordan Vossenkemper, who went missing from his Vancouver apartment under suspicious circumstances between June 1st and 2nd, 2022. Justin is a 32-year-old male, 6 ft tall, and 160 lbs. He has brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information about Jordan is asked to please call the Vancouver Police Department.

Vancouver Police make arrest in robbery and kidnap - 06/09/22

Vancouver, Wash. –On June 9, 2022, at approximately 5:26 a.m., Vancouver Police responded to the Chevron located at 12100 NE Fourth Plain Blvd. for the report of a robbery. The investigation revealed that at approximately 12:30 a.m., a male (victim), 42 years of age, had been parked outside a convenience store located at 9701 Mill Plain Blvd., when an unknown male (suspect) approached his vehicle and asked for a ride. The victim agreed to give the suspect a ride. The suspect got inside the vehicle, displayed a handgun and forced the victim to drive around for several hours. Eventually the victim told the suspect he needed to get gas and pulled into the Chevron, where the victim was able to get away and hide inside the building. The suspect then entered the Chevron and held the cashier at gunpoint, demanding a car. A Trooper from the Washington State Patrol (WSP) was the first to arrive, followed shortly thereafter by Vancouver Police. A Vancouver Police Officer physically engaged with the suspect and the WSP Trooper was able to disarm the suspect to take him into custody.

There were no serious injuries to civilians or law enforcement during the incident. 

The suspect, 22 years of age, was transported to an area hospital for treatment of minor injuries and observation due to possible drug use. His name is being withheld pending booking into the Clark County Jail for Robbery I, Kidnapping I (two counts), Assault II (two counts), Felony Harassment (two counts), Assault III and Resisting Arrest. 




Local law enforcement agencies seek information on robbery suspect (Photo) - 06/07/22

Vancouver, Wash. –Between April 7, 2022, and June 6, 2022, over 30 robberies have occurred at a variety of businesses throughout the metro area; to include coffee shops, hotels, auto parts stores, take out restaurants, a cosmetics store, gas stations, and at least one adult store. Investigators from multiple agencies including the Vancouver Police Department, Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Portland Police Bureau, Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Washougal Police Department, Gresham Police Department, Lake Oswego Police Department, Hillsboro Police Department, West Linn Police Department and Gladstone Police Department have been investigating these incidents and believe the same suspect is responsible.

Surveillance video has been captured from several of the robberies. The suspect is described as white male adult, 30-35 years of age, brown hair, brown beard, 5’8” to 5’10, 160 lbs., usually wearing a face covering and baseball cap. The suspect enters the business, produces a handgun, and demands cash before fleeing. 

Anyone with information on the identity and whereabouts of the suspect is asked to call 9-1-1 in their respective jurisdiction. Do not approach the suspect as he is believed to be armed and dangerous. 




Vancouver Police fatality collision investigation continuing (Photo) - 05/31/22

Vancouver, Wash. – On May 28, 2022, at approximately 11:15 p.m., Vancouver Police responded to NW Lower River Rd. for a multi-vehicle collision. The involved vehicles were a Ford F-150, which was pulling a travel trailer, a Kia Soul and an Acura TL.  When officers arrived, they located the travel trailer separated from the Ford pickup and down an embankment, and the Kia wedged underneath the Ford. The Vancouver Fire Department responded and used hydraulic tools to extract trapped occupants from both the Ford and the Kia.  The Acura was discovered down the north embankment with the roof sheared off. The male driver of the Acura was deceased. The occupants of the Ford and the Kia remain hospitalized with serious injuries. The roadway was closed in both directions for several hours due to an environmental biohazard caused by the trailer’s damaged sewage tank. The roadway and surrounding area have since been thoroughly cleaned.

Speed and impairment are believed to be factors in the collision. 

The Vancouver Police Department Traffic Unit is continuing the investigation. No names of the involved parties are being released at this time. Anyone who may have seen the involved vehicles prior to the collision is asked to email the VPD Traffic Unit at:





Vancouver Police Department Searching for Missing 12 Year Old Male (Photo) - 05/28/22

The child in this alert has been located, thank you.  

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