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News Release
Vancouver Police Investigate Shooting (Update 2: second arrest) - 03/20/23

*** Update 2 ***


On March 20, 2023, at approximately 5:00 a.m., Vancouver Police detectives, with assistance from Portland Police Bureau SERT, the Vancouver Police Department Safe Streets Task Force and Vancouver Police Department Neighborhood Response Team, served a search warrant at a residence in the 10800 block of SE Stark Street in Portland and arrested Austin A. Bell, 21 years of age. Bell was wanted in connection with a March 11 murder, assault and drive-by shooting investigation that occurred in Vancouver. 

Bell is currently lodged in the Multnomah County Jail awaiting extradition to Clark County to face charges of Murder I, Assault I and Drive-By Shooting. 

Nothing further is releasable at this time. 


*** Update ***

On March 15, 2023, at 3:20 a.m., Vancouver Police arrested Nicholas Martinell-Sterling, 28 years of age, at a residence in the 7900 block of NE Burton Rd. 

Sterling was booked into the Clark County Jail for Murder I, Assault I and Drive-By Shooting.

The investigation is ongoing and nothing further is being released at this time. 



Vancouver, Wash. – On March 11, 2023, at approximately 11:35 p.m., several males are involved in a confrontation at the Safeway located at 6701 E Mill Plain Blvd. As two of the males leave the store, the suspects fire multiple rounds at them. The victims were able to get into their vehicle and drive toward a nearby hospital. The suspects followed and fire additional rounds at the vehicle as they are nearing the hospital.

One of the victims, a 28-year-old male was pronounced deceased at the hospital. The other three victims, a 42-year-old male, a 35-year-old male and a 36-year-old female also suffered gunshot wounds. 

The Vancouver Police Department Major Crime Unit, Safe Streets Task Force, Neighborhood Response Team, Property Crime Unit and Traffic Unit assisted with the response. The Major Crime Unit is continuing the investigation. 

Nothing further is releasable at this time. 



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