Photo of weapons involved in April 28 officer-involved shooting released

Clark County Sheriff’s Office officials report weapons were in the possession of William Abbe when he was shot by three Vancouver Police officers

VANCOUVER — The Clark County Sheriff’s Office has released a photo of the weapons recovered at the scene of the officer-involved shooting April 28 that led to the death of Vancouver resident William Abbe.

These are the weapons police officials report were in William Abbe’s possession when he was shot by three Vancouver Police Department officers on April 28. Photo courtesy of Clark County Sheriff’s Office
These are the weapons police officials report were in William Abbe’s possession when he was shot by three Vancouver Police Department officers on April 28. Photo courtesy of Clark County Sheriff’s Office

According to the release, the weapons recovered at the shooting scene (5400 NE Fourth Plain Blvd.) were in Abbe’s possession at the time of the confrontation with Vancouver Police officers.  They are also suspected weapons used in the original assault in which the victim was rendered unconscious and was subsequently transported to the hospital for treatment.

William Abbe
William Abbe

Deputies from the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) responded to a report of a physical fight between the 50-year-old Abbe and another man on the morning of April 28 in the area of NE Stapleton Rd. and E. Fourth Plain Blvd. When officers arrived, they located one male unconscious on the ground. According to police reports, the Abbe refused police commands to drop sharpened objects he was holding. Three VPD officers then fired at Abbe. 

The victim of Abbe’s assault has been released from the hospital, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. The victim had been reported to have been knocked unconscious by Abbe and was transported to an area hospital for treatment.  Law enforcement has not identified the victim.

The investigation is ongoing and will be presented to the Clark County prosecutor when completed.

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