Unidentified male taken to an area hospital Thursday night after suffering an injury from a gunshot in an officer-involved shooting
VANCOUVER – An unidentified male was taken to an area hospital Thursday night after suffering an injury from a gunshot in an officer-involved shooting.
At approximately 7:04 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 26), Vancouver Police responded to a disturbance call at a residence in the 2300 block of SE 177th Avenue. A family member texted 9-1-1 to report that their 23-year-old relative was out of control and they were afraid he was going to hurt them.
Several family members were inside the house, including an elderly female. When officers arrived, the male was outside the house. He then went inside and was seen moving to various areas inside of the house. At one point he was observed to have armed himself with a bat.
The Mobile Crisis Team responded and was unable to de-escalate the individual. Police also deployed a less lethal 40 mm device, which was ineffective. The male refused multiple police commands to drop the bat. He advanced toward officers outside the residence from a recently opened garage door in an apparent attempt to assault them. A Vancouver Police officer fired his weapon, hitting the male who was transported to an area hospital.
The involved Vancouver Police Officer is on critical incident leave, per standard protocol.
The investigation into the officer involved shooting will be conducted by the SW Washington Independent Investigative Response Team, led by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. All follow-up related to this investigation should be directed to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, (564) 397-6150.
Information provided by the Vancouver Police Department.