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Clark County Deputy fires shot during Hazel Dell arrest

HAZEL DELL — A hit-and-run investigation in the Felida area led to a Clark County deputy shooting at a suspect on Monday night in Hazel Dell.

A release from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office says deputies were responding to the hit and run at 11:50pm, when they located a suspect vehicle and gave chase. The suspect exited his vehicle and fled on foot.

While deputies were apprehending the suspect, identified as Christopher Franklin Rollins, one deputy fired a shot. Clark County Sheriff’s Sergeant Brent Waddell confirms to ClarkCountyToday.com that the suspect did not fire on deputies, and was not shot in the incident.

Crime scene tape marks the end of a hit and run investigation that ended with a Clark County Deputy firing his weapon. Photo courtesy Joshua Papworth

Rollins was transported to a nearby hospital, treated for his injuries, and then booked into the Clark County Jail on charges including third-degree theft, attempt to elude, first-degree criminal impersonation, and hit and run. The sheriff’s office says he also had outstanding warrants. The injuries Rollins sustained were reportedly from the crash, and bites from a K-9 officer during his arrest.

Neighbors online said that Rollins was fighting with deputies prior to his arrest. The deputy who fired his weapon was also treated for minor injuries and released. He is on critical incident leave per department policy. His K-9 partner did not appear to be hurt, but is being checked out.

The Regional Major Crimes team, along with Vancouver Police, are leading the ongoing investigation.

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Chris Brown

Chris Brown comes to Clark County Today with 15 years of local news experience as a reporter, editor, and anchor at KXL News Radio and KOIN-6 TV in Portland. In 2016, he won an Oregon Association of Broadcaster's award for Best Investigative Reporting for a series on America's Violent Youth. He has also been awarded by the Associated Press for Best Breaking News coverage as editor of Portland's Morning News following the 2015 school shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. The second oldest of eight home-schooled children, Brown graduated from high school two years early. After several odd jobs, he earned an internship at KXL Radio, eventually working his way into a full-time job. Brown has lived in Clark County his entire life, and is very excited at the opportunity to now focus full-time on the significant stories happening in his own back yard, rather than across “the river.’’ After a few years in Vancouver, he recently moved back to Battle Ground with his wife and two young daughters. When he's not working to report what's happening in Clark County, Brown enjoys spending time with his family, playing music, taking pictures, or working in the yard. He also actually does enjoy long walks on the beach, and sunsets.

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