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Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team (SWIIRT) - Vancouver Police Department Officer Involved Shooting Investigation (Andresen Road), Release #5 - 07/16/24

The Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team (SWIIRT), led by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, is continuing the investigation of the Vancouver Police Department’s (VPD) officer-involved shooting (OIS) that occurred on June 17th, 2024, on NE Andresen in Vancouver, WA.

Investigators have submitted evidence to the Washington State Crime Lab and are authoring their reports to submit to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Per WAC 139-12-030, which governs independent investigations, additional updates will be provided weekly.

Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team (SWIIRT) - Vancouver Police Department Officer Involved Shooting Investigation (Columbia Way), Release #6 - 07/12/24

The Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team (SWIIRT), led by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, is continuing the investigation of the Vancouver Police Department’s (VPD) officer-involved shooting (OIS) that occurred on June 8th, 2024.

Investigators are still awaiting the results of search warrants for business records and are in the process of authoring reports to submit to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Per WAC 139-12-030, which governs independent investigations, additional updates will be provided weekly.

Missing female
Missing female
Update- Found Safe- Clark County Sheriff's Office seeks assistance to locate missing endangered woman (Photo) - 07/10/24

Update 7/10/2024 4:25pm


Our apologies for this not going out on Monday when she was found, but Aecha was located and found uninjured. She was returned home safely on Monday, 7/8/2024 at around 5:15pm.


The Clark County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a missing endangered female. 

Aecha Morales was last seen in the area of NE 101st Ct and NE 70th Cir in Vancouver, WA at approximately 9:30 AM this morning.  Aecha suffers from Alzheimer’s and doesn’t know her phone number or address.  

Aecha description is:

-Asian Female

-5’6”

-145lbs

-brown / red shoulder-length hair

-Wearing a Seahawks hoodie, brown jacket, stone-washed capris, and blue shoes

A photo of Aecha is attached.

Anyone with any information as to Aecha’s whereabouts is asked to call 911. 

Attached Media Files: Missing female
Thomas
Thomas
Update-Found Safe-Clark County Sheriff's Office seeks assistance to locate missing endangered male (Photo) - 07/10/24

Update 7/10/2024 4:15pm

Thomas was safely located just after 4:00pm today near Vancouver Mall and has been returned home.


The Clark County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a missing endangered male. 

Thomas Olson (age 73) was last seen in the area of 5701 NE St. Johns Rd in Vancouver, WA at approximately 3:30 AM this morning.  Thomas suffers from Alzheimer’s and left his residence without his phone which the family uses to communicate with him to pick him up.  Thomas is known to walk up to 3 or more miles from his residence and may be in the downtown Vancouver area.  

Thomas’ description is:

-White male

-6’0”

-180lbs

-salt and pepper short hair with a mustache 

-Thomas left during the night and his clothing is unknown

A photo of Thomas is attached.

Anyone with any information as to Thomas’ whereabouts is asked to call 911. 

Attached Media Files: Thomas
Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team (SWIIRT) - Vancouver Police Department Officer Involved Shooting Investigation (Andresen Road), Release #4 - 07/09/24

The Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team (SWIIRT), led by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, is continuing the investigation of the Vancouver Police Department’s (VPD) officer-involved shooting (OIS) that occurred on June 17th, 2024, at approximately 12:50 a.m. on NE Andresen in Vancouver, WA.

Investigators are still reviewing BWC videos, written statements, and reports. Additionally, they are nearing completion of evidence processing.

Per WAC 139-12-030, which governs independent investigations, additional updates will be provided weekly.

Life flight
Life flight
Single Vehicle Collision (Photo) - 07/09/24

On July 9, 2024, at approximately 0717 hours, personnel from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, North County Medics and Clark County Fire Rescue were dispatched to 26931 NE Lucia Falls Rd for the report of an injury collision.

Responding units found a 1992 Jeep Wrangler in the northern ditch of NE Lucia Falls Rd.  The adult driver was found unconscious underneath the vehicle.   The driver was transported to a local hospital by Life Flight.   

Initial investigation found the driver left the roadway and rolled the vehicle.  The driver appeared to have not been wearing a seatbelt and was ejected. 

The Clark County Sheriff's Office Traffic Unit is investigating the collision. 

Attached Media Files: Life flight , crash
Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team (SWIIRT) - Vancouver Police Department Officer Involved Shooting Investigation (Columbia Way), Release #5 - 07/05/24

The Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team (SWIIRT), led by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, is continuing the investigation of the Vancouver Police Department’s (VPD) officer-involved shooting (OIS) that occurred on June 8th, 2024.

Investigators are still awaiting search warrant results for business records. Investigators are in the process of authoring reports to submit to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Per WAC 139-12-030, which governs independent investigations, additional updates will be provided weekly.

Clark County Sheriff's Office Body-Worn Camera Project Completed - 07/03/24

Just over a year ago, on 6/20/2023, the Clark County Council authorized the County Manager to sign a five-year contract with Axon Enterprises to provide Body Worn Cameras (BWCs), vehicle cameras, updated Taser products, as well as other performance improvements and tools to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO), 

Today, on 7/3/2024, the project manager for the CCSO Body-Worn Camera Implementation Project updated the final status report and declared the project completed. The project stayed on time and came in under projected budget costs.

As part of this project, the Sheriff’s Office has issued and provided training for 134 BWCs and 133 Taser 10 systems, outfitted 95 marked patrol vehicles and two CCSO armored vehicles with vehicle camera systems, and installed microphone and camera systems in three interview rooms.

The Sheriff’s Office would again like to thank the voters of Clark County for passing the Public Safety Tax, which funds the BWC program. 

A special thank you goes to the Clark County Council, the County Manager’s Office, the Clark County IT Department, the Clark County Budget Office, the Clark County Public Works Fleet Services Division, the Body-Worn Camera Project Team, and all those who worked hard to make this project happen.

Replica Pistol
Replica Pistol
Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team (SWIIRT) - Vancouver Police Department Officer Involved Shooting Investigation (Andresen Road), Release #3 (Photo) - 07/02/24

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 (OIS) that occurred on June 17th, 2024.

The Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office previously identified the decedent as 40-year-old Jonathan West Nelson. Investigators have been in contact with Nelson’s family members to keep them apprised of the investigation.

A review of body-worn camera video from the incident shows Nelson producing what appears to be a firearm from his pocket.  Nelson also was in possession of a folding-blade pocketknife. 

Investigators located both objects at the scene and determined that the firearm was a modified replica airsoft gun. The item appears to be a replica Colt 1911 airsoft gun. Pictures of the replica firearm and pocketknife recovered from the scene are attached.

Investigators have received and are reviewing written statements and body-worn camera videos from the involved officers.

Per WAC 139-12-030, which governs independent investigations, additional updates will be provided weekly.

Attached Media Files: Replica Pistol , Pocketknife , Scene Evidence
Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team (SWIIRT) - Vancouver Police Department Officer Involved Shooting Investigation (Columbia Way), Release #4 - 06/28/24

The Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team (SWIIRT), led by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, is continuing the investigation of the Vancouver Police Department’s (VPD) officer-involved shooting (OIS) that occurred on June 8th, 2024.

Investigators have authored search warrants for business records and are awaiting responses. Investigators are in the process of authoring reports to submit to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Per WAC 139-12-030, which governs independent investigations, additional updates will be provided weekly.

Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team (SWIIRT) - Vancouver Police Department Officer Involved Shooting Investigation (Andresen Road), Release #2 - 06/25/24

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 (OIS) that occurred on June 17th, 2024.

The involved officers are being identified as follows:

Sergeant James Kelly

  • The Vancouver Police Department hired Sgt. Kelly in August 2015. He previously worked as a reserve deputy for the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s and as a police officer for the Longview Police Department. His assignments at VPD have included patrol and working as a detective in the East Neighborhood Response Team. Sgt. Kelly was promoted to Sergeant in January of 2022 and is currently assigned to West Patrol.

 Officer Jason Haigwood

  • The Vancouver Police Department hired Ofc. Haigwood in November of 2019. His assignments at VPD have included patrol, collateral duty as a member of SWAT, and collateral duty as a Sexual Assault Investigator. He is currently assigned as a K9 handler with his K9 partner Remi to East Patrol.

 Officer Justin Reiner

  • The Vancouver Police Department hired Ofc. Reiner in May of 2020. He previously worked as a police officer for the Maui Police Department. His assignments at VPD have included patrol and collateral duty for the Public Order Specialist Team. He is currently assigned to West Patrol.

 Officer Philip Wilkening

  • The Vancouver Police Department hired Ofc. Wilkening in July of 2020. His assignments at VPD have included patrol and collateral duty as a member of SWAT. He is currently assigned to East Patrol.

All four officers remain on critical incident leave. During the incident, VPD K9 Remi (assigned to Ofc. Haigwood) was shot in the tail. The K9 was transported to an emergency veterinary hospital, where he underwent surgery on his tail. K9 Remi was released from the hospital on June 18th and is recovering at home and is doing well.

On the date of the incident, investigators completed scene documentation and evidence collection. Investigators are now in the process of reviewing Body-Worn Camera (BWC) video files and statements from the involved officers.

Per WAC 139-12-030, which governs independent investigations, additional updates will be provided weekly.

Replica Firearm at Recovered at Scene
Replica Firearm at Recovered at Scene
Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team (SWIIRT) - Vancouver Police Department Officer Involved Shooting Investigation, Release #3 (Photo) - 06/21/24

The Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team (SWIIRT), led by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, is continuing the investigation of the Vancouver Police Department’s (VPD) officer-involved shooting (OIS) that occurred on June 8th, 2024.

Investigators have received and are reviewing written statements from the involved officers. The Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the decedent as 43-year-old Vadim Sashchenko. Investigators have been in contact with Sashchenko’s family members to keep them apprised of the investigation.

A review of body-worn camera video from the incident shows Sashchenko point what appears to be a firearm at VPD Officer Riedel as Officer Riedel exits his patrol car. During the subsequent shooting, the apparent firearm is thrown to the ground.  

Investigators located this object at the scene and determined it to be a modified cap gun. The item appears to be a Super Cap Gun manufactured in China. The item is sold with an orange tip, which can be broken off. There was no orange tip on the replica firearm used in this incident. It appears the grips on the sides of the replica firearm came off during the incident. Attached are pictures of the replica firearm recovered from the scene and images of a similar cap gun.

Investigators are reviewing body-worn camera video and authoring investigative reports. The investigation of the OIS on 6/8/24 was interrupted and delayed by a separate OIS investigation on 6/17/24.

Per WAC 139-12-030, which governs independent investigations, additional updates will be provided weekly.

Retail Theft 5
Retail Theft 5
Eight Arrested in Clark County Sheriff's Office's Second Retail Theft Mission (Photo) - 06/21/24

On June 14th, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) conducted the agency’s second retail theft operation at the Orchards Fred Meyer in Northeast Vancouver. Detectives arrested eight people for retail theft-related crimes and outstanding warrants and booked them into the Clark County jail.

CCSO’s Tactical Detective Unit (TDU) utilized the assistance of the Special Investigations Unit, Special Victims Unit, Patrol Deputies, and Fred Meyer loss prevention to run the operation.

This was CCSO’s second retail theft mission in June, with a combined 20 arrests between the two operations. Among the items stolen were alcohol, a KitchenAid mixer, a hoverboard, beauty products, an area rug, electronics, power tools, clothing, and propane tanks.

Investigators often see suspects do something known as skip-scanning. Skip-scanning is a form of shoplifting in which a shopper uses the self-checkout counter and deliberately scans only the lowest-priced items without scanning the more expensive items or pretends to scan items in hopes of bypassing store security measures. These actions are captured by store security cameras, which allow loss prevention officers to identify people who commit these crimes regularly and build theft cases against them.

In addition to skip-scanning, detectives frequently investigate cases where shoplifting suspects steal merchandise and commit fraudulent returns for store gift cards. Many of these retail theft subjects are part of organized theft rings and are associated with other criminal activities such as drug distribution, vehicle theft, and illegal firearm possession. 

CCSO is committed to disrupting retail theft and associated crimes in Clark County and is planning additional missions in the future. Those engaging in retail theft will be arrested and jailed.

Robbery Suspect 3
Robbery Suspect 3
Suspect Arrested-CCSO Investigating Multiple Armed Robberies from Businesses (Photo) - 06/19/24

Back in April, we released information on an investigation into multiple armed robberies that had occurred at knifepoint in Clark County. The Clark County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) Tactical Detective Unit (TDU) investigated these cases. An arrest has been made in these cases. Below is a recap of the cases involved in this investigation.

On 4/8/24, a male entered the Starbucks inside the Safeway at 13023 NE Highway 99. The male approached the employees at the Starbucks and brandished a large knife. The male demanded the money in the cash register while displaying the knife. The employees provided him with the bills in the register and the male left on foot. The suspect was described as a white male with blue eyes wearing a black surgical-style mask over his face.

The Vancouver Police Department (VPD) investigated a similar robbery at the Target store on Mill Plain Blvd on 4/9/2024 with a male who also appeared to be similar.      

On 4/11/24, another robbery with similar circumstances occurred at the same location. A male enters the Starbucks in the Safeway at 13023 NE Highway 99. The male approached the register and displayed a knife. The male held the knife above the counter and said, “Give me all the money in the till.” An associate at the store witnessed the robbery and attempted to intervene. The suspect grabbed them by the shoulders and pushed her to the ground. The witness hit their head on a metal rail when they were shoved to the ground by the suspect. Witnesses identified the person and the same suspect who robbed them a week prior.

Video surveillance from a nearby business showed the suspect left on foot and went directly behind the store. A short time later, a white 2003-2005 Honda Pilot is seen leaving the area of the adjoining property.  

A short time later, on 4/11/24, Walgreens, located at 8511 NE 162nd Avenue, also reported a robbery at knifepoint. A male entered the store and walked up to the cash register. The male brandished a knife and demanded money from the register. The suspect’s description, including a black surgical-style mask, matched the previous robberies.

CCSO and VPD Detectives began sharing information and working on the cases jointly. Information about the suspect’s description and the white Honda Pilot SUV he was believed to be driving was provided to law enforcement in the region.

On 5/24/24, a robbery at knifepoint occurred at the Walgreens located at 8511 NE 162nd Avenue. A male entered the store and approached the cash register. The male brandished a large kitchen knife and demanded the money in the cash register. The suspect’s description matched the previous robberies, and he was wearing a black surgical-style mask. A white 2003-2005 Honda Pilot similar to the one seen after the last robbery arrives before the robbery and leaves shortly after.

On 6/14/24, Vancouver Police Officers were dispatched to multiple armed robberies. With the assistance of one of CCSO's TDU detectives, officers located a suspect matching the description of the robber leaving the area driving a white Honda Pilot. The Honda Pilot was stopped, and the driver was detained. He was identified as Shawn Short, 56, of Vancouver, WA.  

VPD booked Shawn Short into the Clark County Jail for two counts of Robbery in the First Degree charges on the two robberies in VPD's jurisdiction that occurred the afternoon of 6/14/24. 

The Honda Pilot was seized for a search warrant.  

On 6/15/24, CCSO TDU Detectives charged Shawn Short with four additional counts of Robbery in the First Degree and one count of Assault in the Second Degree from the cases described above.

Although an arrest has been made on these cases, they are still active cases with additional investigative steps to be completed.  

Additional information will not be released at this time.  


On 04/11/24, at approximately 12:33, an unknown suspect committed an armed robbery of the Starbucks located within the Safeway at 13023 NE Highway 99. The suspect was described as a white male in his forties, over six feet tall, and around 200 pounds. He wore a light blue hoodie with black writing, dark blue sweatpants, black shoes, a black stocking cap, and a black COVID-style mask. The suspect was armed with a long knife similar to a fillet or long paring knife.

The suspect fled the scene on foot and possibly got into a vehicle a short distance away.

An employee of Safeway was knocked to the ground by the suspect as the suspect fled. The employee was transported to a local hospital for further evaluation. 

Deputies conducted a K9 and unmanned aircraft system search for the suspect, and there was a heavy police presence in the area during that time.

At 14:18 hours, the Walgreens at 8511 NE 162nd Avenue was also robbed at knifepoint by a suspect matching the same description. Again, the suspect fled the scene on foot and possibly got into a vehicle a short distance away.

The area around Walgreens was searched, but the suspect was not located. A heavy police presence was in the area during that time.

The suspect in today’s robbery matches the physical description and nature of a robbery at the same Safeway on 4/8/24. 

In the robbery on 4/8/24, the suspect was described as a white male, approximately 6-00 tall, medium build, wearing a dark-colored sweater, sweatpants, a black COVID-style mask, and a gray beanie.

These incidents are being actively investigated. No photos are available at this time. This release will be updated if more information becomes available.