Vancouver Police officer involved in Feb. 25 shooting identified

VANCOUVER — On Feb. 25, Vancouver Police assisted a Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) officer in contacting and apprehending a wanted subject in the 2500 block of Main Street in Vancouver.

When offices contacted the male subject, he attempted to hit a responding Vancouver Police officer with his vehicle. The Vancouver officer fired at the suspect, who then fled the scene in his vehicle. The suspect vehicle hit another vehicle, along with two occupants inside, crashed into a building in the same vicinity and then the suspect fled on foot before being taken into custody by responding officers.

The suspect sustained non-life threatening injuries and was hospitalized. His information is not being released at this time.

The Vancouver Police officer involved in the shooting is Ken Suvada, 45. Officer Suvada was hired by the Vancouver Police Department on May 15, 2002. He was previously employed as a deputy for the Twin Falls Idaho County Sheriff’s Office from January 2000-May 2002.

Suvada was assigned to the Vancouver Police Department Traffic Unit Motors Division from April 2006-July 2008. He also held a temporary assignment as a school resource officer from January 2013-June 2013; a temporary assignment in the Training Unit from October 2015-May 2016; and a temporary assignment in the Administrative Division from May 2016-November 2016. He is currently assigned to West Precinct Patrol.

Following standard department protocol, Officer Suvada is on critical incident leave.

The investigation by the Regional Major Crimes Team is continuing. No further information on the investigation 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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