Jenoah Donald, a 30-year-old black man, was on life support at an area hospital Saturday
VANCOUVER –The individual shot in the Thursday officer-involved shooting has been identified as 30-year-old Jenoah D. Donald.
Donald was shot Thursday evening by an officer from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office after a traffic stop in Hazel Dell. According to a statement issued Saturday by the Vancouver Branch of the NAACP, Donald was on life support Saturday afternoon at an area hospital.
“The family was told Friday morning, there was nothing further doctors could do and they are preparing for his funeral,’’ read a Saturday statement from the Vancouver Branch of the NAACP.
The Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Team, led by the Vancouver Police Department, is conducting the investigation into the officer-involved shooting.
“It is with great sadness to share that Jenoah Donald was shot Thursday evening by the Clark County Sheriff’s department,’’ read the statement from the NAACP Vancouver Branch.
According to the statement, the family stated that they have no more information than what has been reported in this OPB article. (https://tinyurl.com/1fd46fn0).
The NAACP Vancouver Branch statement continued:
“The family has asked for no demonstrations at this time; they are in shock and are trying to grieve.
“This is Black History month and too often this is our American story. The Vancouver NAACP Branch realizes that right now is a critical juncture in our Republic’s history. Since May 25th 2020, there have been many demonstrations and direct actions taken by many in hopes of supporting and centering on our Black citizen’s needs and safety in the area. To the activists who demonstrated on our behalf; we see you. We honor you. Particularly the young Black and LGBTQIA+ leaders on the ground.
“To our white allies: We are grateful for these brave Americans leveraging power and privilege for the continued cause of Black freedom and equity. However, the theme of Black History month this year is the Black Family. We ask you to listen to the needs and wants of the family of this Black man.
“Any public demonstrations done at this time would be in direct violation of this family’s wishes. The best and only way to support at this time is to pray and you can contribute to the family’s Gofund me (www.gofundme.com/f/jenoah-donald-funeral-expenses).
“If you wish to be a part of helping us hold Clark County accountable you can also submit comments to Clark County Sheriff Office and VPD demanding transparency and urgency in the investigation and release of information. Beyond these local entities you can also reach out to your state representatives.
“The Vancouver NAACP Branch is honoring the family’s wishes at this time and will keep our members and community informed of any future plans related to this shooting.’’
On Thursday (Feb. 4) at about 7:41p.m., Clark County Sheriff’s deputies were conducting a traffic stop in the area of NE 68th Street and NE 2nd Ave. in Hazel Dell. During the traffic stop, which involved four deputies, one fired their weapon, hitting the driver of the vehicle (Donald).
The involved deputies are on critical incident leave, per standard protocol.
Information from the Vancouver Police Department contributed to this report.