Suspect vehicle located in murder-suicide investigation

A vehicle linked to a murder-suicide in Vancouver was found and seized by authorities after a brief pursuit, but the occupants of the vehicle remain at large.
A vehicle linked to a murder-suicide in Vancouver was found and seized by authorities after a brief pursuit, but the occupants of the vehicle remain at large. File photo.

Vehicle has been identified as having dropped-off the suspect at the incident location, just prior to the incident occurring

A vehicle had been identified in the investigation of the apparent murder-suicide that took place Monday (June 26) in Vancouver. The suspect vehicle has been identified as having dropped-off the suspect at the incident location, just prior to the incident occurring. 

On Wednesday (June 28) at about 11:42 p.m., a Clark County Sheriff’s Office deputy spotted a vehicle matching the description while conducting routine patrol in the area of NE 102nd Ave. and NE 59th St. in Vancouver. The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, which fled westbound on NE Fourth Plain Blvd. 

After a very brief pursuit, the vehicle parked near the intersection of NE 78th Ave. and NE Fourth Plain Blvd. where two occupants fled on foot. An area search and K9 track were conducted. The occupants of the vehicle were not located. 

The vehicle was confirmed to be the same vehicle involved in this incident. The vehicle was seized as evidence pending further investigation by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit. 

On Tuesday, the deceased adult male involved in the incident was identified as 45-year-old James Jordan. The female was identified as 46-year-old Erica Jordan.  The names of the juveniles (ages 12 and 16) are not being released.

Investigators learned Erica and James were married but estranged.  There was a protection order prohibiting James Jordan from coming within 1000 feet of Erica’s residence.  Records show there have been a series of arrests and protection orders against James Jordan with the most recent protection order issued Oct. 11, 2022.  James was most recently arrested for Violation of Protection Order on April 4, 2023.

Evidence and statements collected thus far indicate James Jordan was not living at this residence. He arrived at the residence just minutes prior to the 9-1-1 call.  It appears he forced entry to the residence and shot Erica Jordan before shooting himself. Additional details are still under investigation.  The cause and manner of death are under investigation by the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office. 

On Monday (June 26) at about 10:53 p.m., CCSO deputies responded to a disturbance call in the area of NE 42nd Ave and NE 56th St in Vancouver.  The 9-1-1 call was made by two juvenile females inside the residence reporting their stepfather had just shot their mother and then himself.

CCSO units responded along with Vancouver Police, Vancouver Fire Department, and American Medical Response (AMR).  CCSO contacted the two juveniles outside the residence.  They were not injured.  Inside the residence, they located an adult male with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound and an adult female with an apparent gunshot wound.  The adult female was transported by AMR to an area hospital with a life-threatening injury. She later succumbed to her gunshot injury and was declared deceased at the hospital.  The adult male was determined to be deceased at the scene. The juveniles were turned over to family members.

Clark County Sheriff’s Office Majors Crimes Unit (MCU) responded to the scene and is investigating.  At this time this incident is being investigated as a murder-suicide and there is no outstanding threat to the public.

Information provided by Clark County Sheriff’s Office.


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