SWIIRT begins investigation into VPD officer-involved shooting investigation

The Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team, led by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, is conducting the independent investigation of the Vancouver Police Department’s officer-involved shooting from earlier Monday.
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The incident occurred in Vancouver at about 12:57 a.m. Monday on NE Andresen Road near NE 22nd Street

The Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team (SWIIRT), led by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, is conducting the independent investigation of the Vancouver Police Department’s (VPD) officer-involved shooting from earlier Monday (June 17). The incident occurred in Vancouver at about 12:57 a.m. on NE Andresen Road near NE 22nd Street.

A VPD officer was flagged down by several citizens who reported a male pointed a gun at them near the parking lot of McDonald’s in the 2800 block of NE Andresen Road. According to dispatch logs, officers developed probable cause for an Assault in the First Degree. Officers located the involved male walking southbound on NE Andresen Road several blocks south of the initial incident. 

Multiple VPD officers responded to the scene. Officers reported that the male was not responding to commands and continued walking southbound. A VPD K9 was deployed. During the attempt to detain the male subject, he produced what appeared to be a firearm and pointed it at the officers.

Four officers discharged their firearms, and the male subject was hit. Officers attempted to provide medical aid, and the subject was transported to the hospital by ambulance. He was pronounced deceased at the hospital.

The deceased male has been identified by the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office as 40-year-old Vancouver resident Jonathan West Nelson.

The information being released is preliminary, and this is an ongoing investigation. Investigators have completed scene documentation and evidence collection, and NE Andresen Road has been re-opened. 

Investigators are requesting anyone who may have witnessed the shooting incident and has not been contacted by detectives to call them at (564) 397-2847.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office is leading the independent investigation. Per WAC 139-12-030, which governs independent investigations, additional updates will be provided at least weekly.

Information provided by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.


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