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Vancouver Police K9 stabbed (UPDATE 2: Suspect Name) - 09/01/15
*** UPDATE 2 ***

The suspect, Jacky Chan Karuo, 25, of Vancouver, was booked into the Clark County Jail on Assault IV DV, Harming A Police Dog, and Criminal Impersonation I.

K9 Ike is out of surgery and remains in critical condition.

The Vancouver Police Department Major Crimes Unit is continuing the investigation.

No further updates are anticipated tonight.


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***UPDATE 1***

The K9 that was stabbed in tonight's incident is K9 Ike, his handler is Vancouver Police Officer Jack Anderson.


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Vancouver, Wash. - On September 1, 2015 at approximately 6:00 p.m., Vancouver Police were in the area of Fruit Valley Rd. and Laframbois Rd. when they attempted to make contact with a male subject who was identified as a wanted person. The male ran from police to a remote location west of the initial location. A Vancouver Police K9 was able to make contact with the suspect and during that contact, the suspect stabbed the K9.

The K9 was transported in critical condition to an emergency veterinarian and is current undergoing surgery. The name of the K9 and his handler are not being released at this time.

The suspect sustained minor injuries from the dog bite and Taser application. His identity is being withheld pending booking into the Clark County Jail.

Further information will be released as it becomes available.




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The Vancouver Police Department is seeking applicants for Entry and Lateral Police Officers. If you are interested in a career with us, visit http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/careers.
Vancouver Police ready for the new school year beginning Sept 2 (Photo) - 09/01/15
Vancouver, Wash. - On September 2, 2015, schools starts in both the Vancouver and Evergreen School Districts. Vancouver Police will begin conducting extra enforcement in-and-around schools as part of the start of the school year.

As a reminder, school zones may be active before and after school, as well as during midday times, and drivers should always anticipate a school zone to be active. Please leave extra time if needed to allow for the slower speeds required in the zones. Also, school zone speed isn't the only thing police focus on this time of year; there are a variety of laws that drivers, pedestrians and bicycle riders need to be aware of that are also being enforced.

Here are some reminders to make sure the school year starts off safe:

* Speed in school zones is 20 m.p.h.
* Obey all crosswalk signals (both pedestrians and drivers) and crossing guards.
* Drivers must stop, and must not pass, a school bus with paddles out.
* No texting, talking and driving.
* Don't walk and use a device. Distracted walking is responsible for thousands of
injuries and even deaths each year.
* All occupants of a vehicle must wear a seat belt and kids must be in an appropriate
car seat or booster seat. Kids under 13 years of age must ride in the back seat.
* Everyone (adults included) riding a bike, skateboard, scooter, or roller blades, must
wear a bike helmet. Vancouver has a helmet ordinance.

The Vancouver Police Department cares about the safety of everyone in our community and will be increasing enforcement efforts in-and-around schools as the new school years begins. However, it's up to each of us to incorporate safe practices into our routines.

For more information about safety please visit us online:
Traffic Safety http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/traffic-safety
Child Passenger Safety http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/child-passenger-safety
Bicyclist Safety http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/bicyclist-safety



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The Vancouver Police Department is seeking applicants for Entry and Lateral Police Officers. If you are interested in a career with us, visit http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/careers.
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Vancouver Police introduce new K9 Tripp (Photo) - 08/26/15
Vancouver, Wash. - On August 26, 2015 the Vancouver Police Department introduced K9 Tripp who has completed certification training in Patrol and Drug Detection. He is trained to search for suspects both inside buildings and outside by tracking, trailing, and wind scenting and is trained to locate the odor of drugs. Tripp has not been trained to detect the odor of Marijuana.

K9 Tripp is a 2 Year-old Belgian Malinois, his country of origin is Holland.

K9 Tripp is named in honor of Tennessee State Trooper Douglas W. Tripp was killed in the line of duty on May 19, 1991. K9 Tripp's handler, Vancouver Police Officer Roger Evans says "Trooper Tripp was assigned to the region where I lived as a child. He was a prominent figure in our community and was very well respected and liked. When I was a teenager, I got to know Trooper Tripp quite well during the years I worked at a local restaurant. During that time, Trooper Tripp became a very positive role model, mentor, and friend of mine. My relationship with Trooper Tripp had a huge impact on my decision to pursue a career in Law Enforcement., Trooper Douglas Tripp was shot and killed in the line of duty. In recognition of the selfless way that Trooper Tripp served his community and paid the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty, K9 Tripp is named in honor and memory of Tennessee State Trooper Douglas W. Tripp".

For more information about the Vancouver Police K9 Unit visit http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/k9-unit.


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The Vancouver Police Department is seeking applicants for Entry and Lateral Police Officers. If you are interested in a career with us, visit http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/careers.
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Vancouver man arrested, police seeking other possible victims (Photo) - 08/25/15
Vancouver, Wash. - On August 25, 2015, Vancouver Police arrested David Clinton Campos, 35, for Indecent Liberties with forcible Compulsion and Unlawful Imprisonment. He has been booked into the Clark County Jail.

Campos is a Vancouver/Clark County property owner and the incident that led to his arrest occurred on August 7, 2015 while Campos was showing a vacant rental property to a female. While alone with the female in the apartment, Campos made unwanted sexual contact with her.

Detectives are seeking information from anyone else who may also have been a victim of unwanted sexual contact from David Campos to contact Vancouver Police Detective Tom Topaum at 360-772-2139 or tom.topaum@cityofvancouver.us with information.



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The Vancouver Police Department is seeking applicants for Entry and Lateral Police Officers. If you are interested in a career with us, visit http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/careers.
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Vancouver Police introduces online options for security alarm users - 08/25/15
Vancouver, Wash. - The Vancouver Police Department has a new option for business and residential security alarm users to manage their account online. Security alarm users can register their security alarm, pay alarm permit fees, appeal false alarm penalties and contact customer service via this new online option.

New users should visit crywolf@cityofvancouver.us to apply for their permit. Existing alarm can begin managing their account and get email updates by contacting CityVPDAlarmUnit@cityofvancouver.us to get their online account set up.

Anyone who operates a security alarm in their home or business is required to get a permit from the Vancouver Police Department (VMC 8.52).

For more information on the Vancouver Police Alarm Program visit us at: http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/false-alarm-reduction-program





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The Vancouver Police Department is seeking applicants for Entry and Lateral Police Officers. If you are interested in a career with us, visit http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/careers.
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Update 1: Shooting investigation in east Vancouver - 08/21/15
*** UPDATE 1 ***

On August 20, 2015 Vancouver Police responded to the report of a suspicious circumstance in the area of NE 164th Avenue/SE 1st Street involving a male armed with a handgun. Officers made contact with the male subject who fled on foot and was contacted again by officers at the corner of NE 155th Avenue/NE 2nd Street. The male refused police commands to drop his weapon and turned the gun on himself, resulting in his death.

During the incident, a Vancouver Police officer fired one round from their duty weapon.

Details related to the officer involved shooting or the circumstances surrounding the original call for service are part of the ongoing investigation being conducted by the Clark County Regional Major Crimes Team and no further information is available at this time.

The identity of the deceased is pending the report from the Clark County Medical Examiner's Office and their release of information.

The officer who fired their weapon during this incident is Corporal Holly Musser, 34. Corporal Musser was hired by the Vancouver Police Department in August 2005. She was promoted to Corporal in April 2015 and is assigned to Patrol.

Following standard department protocol, Corporal Musser is currently on paid administrative leave.

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Vancouver, Wash. - On August 20, 2015 at approximately 10:24 a.m., Vancouver Police responded to the report of a suspicious male in the area of NE 164th Avenue/SE 1st Street. Witnesses report that the male had a gun in his waistband. Officers made contact with the male who took off on foot. Officers locate the male subject at the corner of NE 155th Avenue/NE 2nd Street. The male refuses to comply with commands from officers to put his gun down and he shoots himself, taking his life.

In the course of the incident there is also investigation as to whether a Vancouver Police Officer fired their weapon.

The investigation is being conducted by the Regional Major Crimes Team with the Clark County Sheriff's Office taking the lead.

The identity of the deceased is not being released at this time pending notification of next of kin by the Clark County Medical Examiner's Office.

No further information is available at this time.
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Vancouver Police and Clark County Sheriff's Office parking lots posted as Safe Exchange Zones (Photo) - 08/17/15
Vancouver, Wash.- On August 17, 2015, the Vancouver Police Department and Clark County Sheriff's Office will begin offering the parking lots at their facilities as Safe Exchange Zones where individuals conducting online purchase transactions can meet with the potential buyer or seller to complete the transaction. The parking lots at the participating law enforcement buildings provide an alternative to meeting a stranger at a private residence or unfamiliar location. Signage is placed on the buildings that are designated as Safe Exchange Zones.

"It's important to remember, everyone online is a stranger, so offering our parking lots as a place where legal transactions can occur seemed like a natural extension of our community crime prevention efforts", said Vancouver Police Chief James P. McElvain.

"Historically, our precinct parking lots have been seen as 'neutral zones' for citizens to meet, be publicly visible, and know that a deputy may be close by if needed", says Clark County Sheriff Chuck E. Atkins. "In an era of increasing risk from online purchases, we see this as a logical component of our commitment to public safety. By providing our parking lots as a known landmark to meet and conduct legal, private transactions it's our desire to lessen the potential dangers for both buyer and seller."

Vancouver Police or Clark County Sheriff personnel will not assist with any transactions, and gun sales are prohibited. The Safe Exchange Zone is meant for person-to-person transactions. Property may not be dropped off and left unattended; sellers are required to take their property with them if the buyer does not show up.

The following location parking lots are designated and signed as Safe Exchange Zones:
* Vancouver Police Administration (605 E. Evergreen Blvd., Vancouver, WA)
* Vancouver Police West Precinct (2800 NE Stapleton Rd., Vancouver, WA)
* Vancouver Police East Precinct (512 SE 155th Ave., Vancouver, WA)
* Clark County Sheriff's West Precinct (505 NW 179th St., Ridgefield, WA)
* Clark County Sheriff's Office Central Precinct (11608 NE 149th St., Brush Prairie, WA)

Law enforcement agencies across the country are utilizing the safe exchange zone premise and both the Vancouver Police Department and Clark County Sheriff's Office are excited to support this enhancement to community safety.



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The Vancouver Police Department is seeking applicants for Entry and Lateral Police Officers. If you are interested in a career with us, visit http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/careers.
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Vancouver man arrested for Indecent Liberties; police searching for more possible victims (Photo) - 08/13/15
Vancouver, Wash. - On August 12, 2015, the Vancouver Police Department arrested Christopher Lashbrook, 36, of Vancouver for three (3) counts of Indecent Liberties. The charges resulted from complaints filed by three former acquaintances of Lashbrook who reported non-consensual sexual contact. The sexual contact happened after the females, who agreed to meet Lashbrook for casual dates, became unexpectedly incapacitated from alcohol served by Lashbrook or consumed while with Lashbrook. Two other females, reported similar allegations against Lashbrook after platonic dates ended with the women waking up in intimate situations with Lashbrook without recollection of what transpired. The women involved were all approximately 21 years of age, and the incidents took place over the course of approximately two years.

The Vancouver Police investigation indicates there may be other victims who never came forward, and possible witnesses who may have relevant information based on their prior associations with Lashbrook. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Vancouver Police Detective Barbara Knoeppel at (360) 487-7436, or the Vancouver Police Tip Line at (360) 487-7399.
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Vancouver Police seek information on identity of robber (Photo) - 08/06/15
Vancouver, Wash. - On July 24, 2015, at approximately 4:00 a.m. Vancouver Police East Precinct Officers responded to an armed robbery at the Chevron gas station located at 14135 SE Mill Plain Blvd Vancouver. The suspect entered the store by himself and displayed a black semi-auto hand gun before demanding money from the store clerk. The suspect fled the scene on foot.

The suspect is described as a black male about 6'-6'02", approximately 200lbs., unknown age. The suspect wore clothing that can be identified as a hooded sweatshirt with a Superman logo and Nike shoes. Surveillance cameras captured images of the suspect.

Anyone with information on the identity of this robbery suspect is asked to contact Vancouver Police Detective Tom Topaum at (360) 487-7425.


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The Vancouver Police Department is seeking applicants for Entry and Lateral Police Officers. If you are interested in a career with us, visit http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/careers.
Vancouver Police participates in Operation Chill this summer - 08/05/15
Vancouver, Wash. - The Vancouver Police is excited to be participating in the 7-11 Operation Chill program this summer. The department received a generous allotment of coupons for free Slurpee's from 7-11 Inc. and have distributed the coupons to officers to reward kids they see exhibiting positive behaviors, such as wearing their bike helmet or participating in a summer youth program.

"Anytime an officer can have a positive connection with a young person it's an opportunity to strengthen our community", says Vancouver Police Chief James McElvain.

7-11 is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Operation Chill and this is the first year the Vancouver Police Department has been invited to participate.



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The Vancouver Police Department is seeking applicants for Entry and Lateral Police Officers. If you are interested in a career with us, visit http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/careers.