The Regional Major Crimes Team has been investigating the officer involved shooting and the investigation has revealed additional details
VANCOUVER — The Vancouver Police Department has offered more details of an officer involved shooting that occurred last week.
On Feb. 19, Vancouver Police responded to a domestic disturbance involving a male and a female at an apartment complex located in the 1200 block of SE Ellsworth Rd. Witnesses also reported that two males then became involved in some altercations in the parking lot and that both were possibly armed. When officers arrived, they encountered one of the males who brandished a knife at the officers and refused commands to drop his weapon. One officer, identified as Corporal Roger Evans, discharged his weapon, shooting the suspect, who did not survive his injuries.
The Regional Major Crimes Team has been investigating the officer involved shooting and the investigation has revealed additional details regarding what transpired prior to police arrival and what precipitated the shooting.
According to witnesses, who were residents of the complex, a male later identified as S. Mate Joseph, 22, had assaulted a pregnant female in the parking lot area of the complex. Witnesses reported that the female was barefoot, screaming, crying and attempting to get away from the male.
Several residents called 9-1-1 to report this domestic violence assault. While waiting outside for police to arrive, two adult residents of the complex were confronted by a second male, later determined to be 16-year-old Clayton Joseph. The suspect slashed at them and threatened them with a knife, allegedly angry that they had called the police. These victims expressed to police they feared for their lives and one of the victims reported that he had to jump out of the way to avoid being stabbed.
Arriving officers located the suspects at the scene. One suspect sustained a Taser application and was taken into custody for Assault IV – Domestic Violence. The second suspect was armed with a knife which he continued to brandish and refused police commands to drop. One Vancouver Police Officer (Corporal Roger Evans) discharged his weapon, shooting the suspect (Clayton Joseph).
The investigation is ongoing and nothing additional is available for release at this time.
Information provided by Vancouver Police Department.