Suspect shoots self during service of search warrant

VANCOUVER — On Tue., Feb. 28, an Elder Justice Center detective, with assistance from the Vancouver Police Department Major Crime Unit, served a search warrant related to an elder abuse case at an apartment in the 5100 block of Northeast 72nd Avenue.

When detectives arrived at the location, they received no response from anyone inside the apartment and entered under the search warrant. Detectives entered a bathroom and the suspect associated with the investigation brandished a handgun at the detectives. Detectives retreated and began a dialogue with the suspect. Several minutes later a single gunshot was heard inside the bathroom. The suspect was located with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

On-duty SWAT personnel initially responded to the call when information that the suspect inside was armed, and were staged outside the complex. After hearing the gunshot, SWAT personnel attempted a tactical rescue of the suspect, but the individual was deceased.

Detectives from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office will be investigating the incident and no further information is available at this time.

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Joanna Nicole Yorke is a 2010 graduate of the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication at Washington State University in Pullman. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism with a minor in political science. Yorke is a Clark County native, growing up on her family's 12-acre farm in La Center where her family still resides today. She was previously a reporter at The Reflector Newspaper, covering the city of Battle Ground, the Battle Ground School District and a variety of other areas and topics.

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