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Vancouver Police investigate pursuit and officer involved shooting (Update: Witness request) - 04/08/20

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The Vancouver Police Department Major Crime Team is continuing their investigation. Any witnesses who may have information related to this incident, and who have not spoken with police, are asked to contact Vancouver Police Det. Jason Mills at (360) 487-7425.

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Vancouver, Wash. –On April 7, 2020, at approximately 1:00 a.m., a Vancouver Police officer is driving in the area of E Fourth Plain Blvd. /Grand Blvd. when he sees two vehicles at the intersection, one driven by a male, and the other driven by a female, and what he believes to be shots fired from one vehicle to the other. The vehicles proceed through the intersection and shortly thereafter, the male begins driving westbound in the eastbound lanes of Fourth Plain. He continues driving in the wrong lane of travel before realizing the police were behind him. The female driver also continues to follow. The Vancouver Police officer following the male believes the driver fires a shot at him and the officer returns fire.  The suspect proceeds toward I-5, driving southbound in the northbound lanes of I-5 crossing into Oregon. The officer stops in the area of Janzen Beach to be treated for minor injuries from flying glass. The female driver also pulls into Janzen Beach and speaks with police there. It is determined that the male and the female are in a domestic relationship and are known to one another. The suspect vehicle is spotted again on I-5 north at the Fourth Plain exit and was located unoccupied near I-5 and the VA campus. 

The SW Washington Regional SWAT team responded to the area near where the vehicle was located to conduct a search of the area, to include a K9 track. The suspect has not yet been located but has been identified. There is not believed to be any threat to the general public.

The involved officer was not seriously injured and there have been no reports of injuries as a result of the shooting or the pursuit.

The Vancouver Police Department Major Crimes Team is investigating. The involved officer is currently on critical incident leave, per standard protocol.

Additional information will be released once it’s available. Nothing further is releasable at this time.

 

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