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Update: Sheriff's Office provides the name of the Deputy involved in the shooting at 11518 NE 126th Ave. - 06/15/18

A Clark County Deputy Sheriff remains on critical incident leave, related to an officer involved shooting. 

Deputy Sheriff Chris Story was placed on critical incident leave per department policy, following the physical fight with and shooting of James Matthew Kelly on June 13, 2018. 

Deputy Story was hired by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office in November 2016.  Deputy Story’s most recent work assignment was as a day-shift patrol deputy in the Orchards/Brush Prairie area.

James Matthew Kelly 12/17/1982, remains at an area hospital where he continues to receive medical care. 

This continues to be an active investigation by the Regional Major Crimes Team.    

Clark County: Threats at Alki Middle School via Snap Chat - 06/14/18

On 06/14/18 at approx. 1108 hours a student sent a text via Snap Chat stating “Perfect day for a school shooting” to another student who alerted authorities.  A Clark County School Resource deputy responded and conducted an investigation.  The 14 year old male student was taken into custody and booked into the Juvenile Detention facility for Felony Harassment/disrupting school activities and threaten to bomb or injure a building.   There was no active threat and the school was not placed in lockdown. 

 

No further information at this time. 

MCSO Dive Team (2)
MCSO Dive Team (2)
Drowning Victim located at Paradise Point State Park (Photo) - 06/13/18

On 6/12/2018 at about 4:45pm, Clark County Fire and Rescue (CCFR) and Sheriff's Deputies  (CCSO) responded to Paradise Point State Park, located in La Center, Washington, for the report of a male subject in the East Fork Lewis River near the swimming area.  Two witnesses reported seeing a male yelling for help in the middle of the river.  While one of the witnesses called 911, the other took his Kayak and paddled to the male in an attempt to assist him.  The male went under the water before the kayaker could render aid, and did not resurface.

Using information on where the male was last seen, CCFR rescue swimmers attempted to find the male subject to no avail.  The Clark County Dive Rescue Team was summoned to continue the search, which they did until dark that evening.  The male, identified by his personal effects as Michael C. Keith, age 41.  Keith was listed as a resident of La Center.  Keith was not located on 6/12/2018.  His family was notified of his status that evening.

On 6/13/2018 at 6:30am, the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Dive Team resumed searching for Keith, assisted by the CCSO Marine Patrol Unit.  Keith was located at 4:20pm by MCSO Divers, near where witnesses stated he was last seen. He was found, deceased, in 55-degree water at a depth of 20 feet.  Keith was turned over to the Clark County Medical Examiner's Office.  His family was notified of his being found.

CCSO extends their heartfelt thanks to the mentioned agencies as well as the Washington State Parks for their tireless efforts working to locate Keith.

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Attached Media Files: MCSO Dive Team (2) , MCSO Dive Team (1)
Clark County Deputy Involved Shooting:  11518 NE 126th Ave - 06/13/18

On 06/13/18 at approx. 1357 hours, Deputies responded to 11518 NE 126th Ave on the report of a physical disturbance.  Deputies arrived and a fight ensued.  Shots were fired and the suspect was struck.  The suspect was transported to an area hospital.  A deputy received minor injuries.  The deputies were placed critical incident leave per standard protocol.  The Regional Major Crimes Team is conducting the investigation. 

 

No further information at this time.    

Update: Assault/Robbery in Clark County 6704 NW 192nd street Arrest of Third Suspect - 06/12/18

One 06/12/18, Clark County Detectives with the assistance of the US Marshals have arrested the third suspect in the home invasion robbery which took place on 06/09/18.  20 year old Sion Wilson was arrested and charged with Arson 1, Burglary I, Kidnapping I, Theft of a Firearm I and Attempted Murder.  Wilson was booked into the Clark County Jail.  Detectives believe all suspects have been arrested and there are no persons of interest outstanding.  Clark County Major Crimes Unit is continuing the follow-up investigation.

 

No further information at this time.    

Serious Assault: Clark County 9600 NW 18th avenue. - 06/11/18

On 06/11/18 at approx. 1236 hours, patrol deputies responded to the 9600 block of NW 18th avenue on the report of an assault where the victim was laying in the roadway and had received a head injury and was bleeding.  The suspect, 30 year old Sione Suli, was contacted and taken into custody without further incident.  Suli may suffer from mental health issues.  The victim was transported to an area hospital with possible life threatening injuries.  Clark County Major Crimes Unit is assisting patrol deputies with the continued investigation.  Suli was booked into the Clark County Jail for Assault I. 

 

No further information at this time. 

Update: Assault/Robbery in Clark County 6704 NW 192nd street - 06/11/18

On 06/10/18, Detectives from the Clark County Major Crimes Unit arrested and charged 21 year old Miccah McDowell for Arson I, Robbery I, Kidnapping I and Attempted murder related to home invasion robbery which occurred on 06/09/18 at 6704 NW 192nd street.  The investigation is ongoing and being conducted by the Major Crimes Unit. 

Assault/ Robbery in Clark County - 06/09/18

On Friday, June 9th at approximately 16:00 hours, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office responded to 6704 NW 192nd Street to assist with a vehicle fire in the driveway of the residence.  Fire was also found in the two garages.  Upon further investigation the homeowner was discovered with multiple injuries and possible stab wounds.  

The investigation so far has revealed the homeowner was assaulted in his garage by two white male suspects.  After the assault the suspects burglarized the home taking money and guns. The suspects then started fires in the garage and to the vehicle in the driveway they had driven to the residence. The suspects then stole the homeowner’s SUV and left.

A short while later the SUV was recovered in the 9900 block of NE 58th Street in Vancouver.

The homeowner was transported by Life Flight to Peace Health Hospital in Vancouver and is in stable condition. This appears to be a targeted crime. There is no reason to believe there is an ongoing threat to the neighborhood.

This investigation is being conducted by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit.

No names are being released at this time.

There is nothing further that will be released regarding this incident tonight. Updates will be provided as they become available.

Prepared by Sergeant Scott Schanaker

Update: Southwest Washington Regional SWAT activity in La Center Wa Suspect in Custody - 06/07/18

A search warrant for the residence was obtained and SWAT made entry into the residence.  The suspect, 18 year old Dylan Aseph, was located in the attic of the residence where he surrendered to SWAT Officers and was taken into custody for his felony warrant out of Clackamas County, Or. 

 

  

Southwest Washington Regional SWAT activity - 06/07/18

Southwest Washington Regional SWAT activity

 

634 E Pioneer Loop, La Center, Washington.

 

Southwest Washington Regional SWAT Team has the residence contained at 634 E Pioneer Loop in La Center, Washington.  They are attempting contact with a wanted male with a 1st degree Burglary warrant from Clackamas County who is possibly inside the residence and refusing to exit.  The suspect is possibly armed.  People should avoid the area.

Clark County Sheriff's Office to host Reserve Deputy Recruitment Program - 06/07/18

Clark County Sheriff’s Office to host Reserve Deputy Recruitment Program

Clark County Sheriff’s Office Reserve Deputies are fully commissioned law enforcement officers that volunteer their time in service to the community. Reserve Deputies play a vital role augmenting the regular duties of the enforcement branch of the Sheriff’s Office.  Reserve Deputies serve in a variety of law enforcement functions including routine patrol, traffic enforcement, bicycle patrol, crime scene protection, traffic and crowd control at public events and many other duties.

The reserve deputy program is ideal for professional adults interested in public safety and service to the community but are unable to commit to a full time law enforcement career. Working as a reserve deputy is a rewarding experience that can also be an opportunity to explore the possibility of a full time career in law enforcement.

Reserve Deputy training is held locally and scheduled outside normal working hours. All required equipment and uniforms are provided by the Sheriff’s Office.  Please plan to join us for this free informative presentation on becoming a Clark County Sheriff’s Office Reserve Deputy Sheriff.

Thursday, June 14th, 2018
6:30-7:30PM
Public Safety Complex
505 NW 179th Street
Ridgefield, Wash. 98642
(At NW corner of Clark County Fairgrounds)

For more information, call Sheriff's Recruitment at 360.397.2176 or email iffrecruitment@clark.wa.gov">sheriffrecruitment@clark.wa.gov

Hazel Dell man arrested for assault - 06/07/18

On June 4th at 1140 am a resident of the 8600 block of Old Orchard Drive in Hazel Dell was found lying in the street unconscious and suffering from major head trauma.  Prior to being found he had been outside the residence mowing his lawn.  The victim was transported to the hospital and admitted into the Intensive Care Unit with potentially life threatening injuries.    

The injury was initially believed to be the result of a hit-and-run and the Clark County Traffic Unit responded to investigate.  The initial investigation showed that there did not appear to be a vehicle involved.  The investigation was turned over to the Clark County Major Crimes Unit.  On June 6th the Major Crimes Unit arrested 18 year old Gage A. Kiser for one count of Assault II.  The victim is still receiving medical care but is expected to survive. 

The name of the victim will not be released.

Motorcyclist seriously injured in Ridgefield collision - 06/03/18

On 6/3/2018 at 7:17pm a WSP Trooper came upon a collision at the intersection of NE 179th Street and NE 10th Avenue in Ridgefield, Washington.  The collision had involved a motorcycle and a full size pickup.  The trooper recognized the motorcycle as the same one that passed him at a high rate of speed minutes earlier in Hazel Dell on Interstate 5 Northbound.  The motorcyclist had apparently exited the freeway at NE 179th Street and entered the intersection of NE10th Avenue against a red light.  A westbound Chevrolet pickup was struck by the motorcycle in the intersection. 

EMS and Sheriff's deputies were immediately summoned and the motorcyclist was transported to a nearby hospital with traumatic injuries.  His current condition is unknown.  The driver of the involved pickup sustained a minor injury and refused on-scene medical treatment.

Due to the severity of the injuries to the motorcyclist, the CCSO Traffic Unit was called to the scene and is investigating.  At this point, significant speed and failure to obey a traffic control device on the part of the motorcyclist (traffic signal) are contributing causes to this collision.  The collision remains under investigation.

The involved parties and vehicles are identified as follows:

Unit 1 - 2007 Yamaha YZFR6 Motorcycle; Operator: TKACHENKO, Ruslan.  Age-20, Battle Ground resident

Unit 2 - 2018 Chevrolet Silverado pickup; Driver:BYERS, Zachary.  Age - 36, Ridgefield resident.

Any updates on TKACHENKO's condition will be made here.

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