Investigation into officer-involved shooting continues

The Vancouver man who died after being shot in an officer-involved shooting Sunday has been identified by the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office as Kfin Karuo.

The Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the man shot in an officer-involved shooting Sunday morning in Vancouver.

These photos were released by the Southwest Washington Regional Independent Investigation Team. They reportedly show the gun that was in possession of Kfin Karuo, who died in an officer-involved shooting Sunday. Photo courtesy of Vancouver Police Department
These photos were released by the Southwest Washington Regional Independent Investigation Team. They reportedly show the gun that was in possession of Kfin Karuo, who died in an officer-involved shooting Sunday. Photo courtesy of Vancouver Police Department

The deceased man was identified as Kfin Karuo, a Vancouver resident. The Medical Examiner’s report indicated that Karuo died as the result of a gunshot wound to the torso. The report indicated that Karuo was 26 years old. Other media reports indicated Karuo was 27. 

On Sunday (Oct. 17) at about 2:22 a.m., CCSO deputies initiated a traffic stop with a vehicle associated with an individual they had probable cause to arrest for Assault 1 with a handgun.  The suspect, later identified as Karuo, failed to comply with a traffic stop and a pursuit ensued.  CCSO deputies conducted a successful Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT maneuver) in the area of NE 122nd Avenue and NE 49th Street and the vehicle was immobilized.

An update into the investigation of the incident issued Tuesday (Oct. 19) reported Karuo was armed with a handgun and pointed the gun at the deputies, who then fired at him. Karuo, still armed with a handgun, fled on foot and was located a short distance from his vehicle. When law enforcement located him deceased, he reportedly still had the gun in his hand with his finger on the trigger.

These photos were released by the Southwest Washington Regional Independent Investigation Team. They reportedly show the gun that was in possession of Kfin Karuo, who died in an officer-involved shooting Sunday. Photo courtesy of Vancouver Police Department
Photo courtesy of Vancouver Police Department

OregonLive.com reported that after learning of his son’s death from family members Sunday, Karuo’s father, Keichiro Karuo, 63, collapsed and died in his apartment, located nearby.

The officer involved shooting investigation is being conducted by the Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team (SWIIR), made up of detectives from the Vancouver Police Department (lead agency), the Battle Ground Police Department, and the Camas Police Department. Per the Washington state requirements for an Independent Investigative Team (IIT), two non-law enforcement community members are also participating in the investigation.

Two deputies from the CCSO were involved in the incident. Both deputies were placed on critical incident leave, per standard protocol.

This is preliminary information based on initial reports of the incident and the early stages of the investigation. Additional information will be released as it becomes available. Updates will be sent out a minimum of once per week via a media release. 

Once the SWIIR Team investigation is complete, the case will be forwarded to the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for review.

Information provided by Vancouver Police Department.

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