Victim of officer-involved shooting identified as 21-year-old Camas resident

Father of Kevin E. Peterson Jr. confirms to that his son was the victim of the shooting

HAZEL DELL — Highway 99 was shut down until early Friday morning following an officer-involved shooting Thursday afternoon near the US Bank location near NE 68th Ave.

Clark County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a “contact suspect” call just before 6 p.m. when the shooting occured. 

Kevin Peterson. Photo courtesy Jake Thompson via Twitter
Kevin Peterson, Jr. Photo courtesy Jake Thompson via Twitter

Numerous witnesses on social media said the person who had been shot was dead, but CCSO has not officially released any details on the victim’s condition, identity, or what led up to the shooting. On Friday, reported that the father of 21-year-old Kevin E. Peterson Jr. was the victim of the shooting.

According to the CCSO news release, the investigation is being handled by the Independent Investigative Team (IIT), headed up by the Camas Police Department, which will be in charge of releasing any further details.

As rumors of the victim’s identity and race spread on social media, approximately 30 protesters arrived on the scene shortly after midnight, according to Oregon Public Broadcasting reporter Sergio Olmos, who posted photos from the scene on Twitter.

According to, the Peterson is a 2017 graduate of Union High School.

This story will be updated as new information is made available.


About The Author

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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