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Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Release #7 - 05/17/24

Vancouver, Wash. – The Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team (SWIIRT), led by the Vancouver Police Department, is continuing the Independent Investigation of the officer-involved use of force incident involving deputies from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office on April 13, 2024, at the American Legion located at 14011 NE 20th Avenue.

Once the investigation is completed, it will be forwarded to the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for review. 

Additional information will be released as it is available and will be sent out in a media release.

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Vancouver Police seek information on assault suspect (Update: Arrest) - 05/16/24

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This morning at around 10:00 a.m., Vancouver Police were in the 2600 block of St. Johns Blvd. following up on a possible location of the suspect in the assault that occurred at Clark College earlier this week. Patrol Officers and Detectives from the Major Crimes Unit responded and located a male matching the description sleeping in a vehicle at the residential property. The male, identified as Salvador Aguilar, 31 years of age, was arrested and subsequently booked into the Clark County Jail for Assault I and Motor Vehicle Theft. 

The investigation is continuing and nothing further is releasable at this time.

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Vancouver, Wash. – On May 14, 2024, Vancouver Police responded to Clark College (1933 Fort Vancouver Way) for the report of a disturbance with weapons call. Police located a female with a stab wound to the neck. The victim reported that while she was sitting outside the Archer building, an unknown male approached her, was screaming and asking for help. The female thought the male had punched her, but she saw blood an realized she had been stabbed. The victim was transported to an area hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.  The suspect fled on foot and was last seen heading northbound toward Water Works Park. Police were unable to locate him. 

Surveillance cameras captured images of the suspect who was described as East Asian or Middle Eastern, 30-40 years of age, medium build with a beard. 

During the investigation, Vancouver Police learned that another incident occurred on May 13 in one of the college parking lots involving a male suspect that matched the description of the suspect in the stabbing incident. In the May 13 incident, a female was sitting inside her car and an unknown male approached the driver’s door trying to talk to her. The female opened the driver’s door and the male pulled on the door attempting to get into the vehicle. The female screamed and the male ran off. This incident was reported to Clark security who later followed up with Vancouver Police.  

Police are asking anyone who may know the identity of the suspect to contact Detective Dustin Goudschaal; dustin.goudschaal@cityofvancouver.us or Detective Max Musich; michael.musich@cityofvancouver.us.  

Also, police are encouraging increased vigilance when in areas where you may be isolated or alone and to report suspicious behaviors to 911 immediately. 

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Vancouver Police investigate head-on DUI collision (Photo) - 05/16/24

Vancouver, Wash. – Last night at around 10:00 p.m., while Vancouver Police were investigating a disturbance with weapons call in the 2200 block of St. Johns Blvd., they heard a loud crash at St Johns Blvd/E 29th St. Officers ran over to provide assistance and found that two vehicles had been involved in a head-on collision. 

One of the vehicles (red Chevy Silverado) was traveling northbound on St. Johns Blvd. The other vehicle, (tan Toyota Tundra) was traveling southbound on St. Johns. The driver of the Silverado, crossed into the southbound lanes and crashed head-on into the Tundra. The driver and passenger of the Tundra were both transported for non-life threatening, but serious, injuries including broken bones and a dislocated hip. The at-fault driver of the Silverado was booked into the Clark County Jail for two counts of Vehicular Assault and DUI. 

The Vancouver Police Department Traffic Unit is continuing the investigation. 

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Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Release #15 - 05/14/24

Vancouver, Wash. – The Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team (SWIIRT), led by the Vancouver Police Department, is continuing the investigation of the officer involved shooting that occurred on February 20, 2024, involving deputies from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

Case files have been forwarded to the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and the investigation is nearing completion.
 

Additional information will be released as it becomes available. 

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Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Release #6 - 05/10/24

Vancouver, Wash. – The Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team (SWIIRT), led by the Vancouver Police Department, is continuing the Independent Investigation of the officer-involved use of force incident involving deputies from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office on April 13, 2024, at the American Legion located at 14011 NE 20th Avenue.

Once the investigation is completed, it will be forwarded to the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for review. 

Additional information will be released as it is available and will be sent out in a media release.

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Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Release #14 - 05/08/24

Vancouver, Wash. – The Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team (SWIIRT), led by the Vancouver Police Department, is continuing the investigation of the officer involved shooting that occurred on February 20, 2024, involving deputies from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

Case files have been forwarded to the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and the investigation is nearing completion.
 

Additional information will be released as it becomes available. 

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Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Release #5 - 05/03/24

Vancouver, Wash. – The Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team (SWIIRT), led by the Vancouver Police Department, is continuing the Independent Investigation of the officer-involved use of force incident involving deputies from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office on April 13, 2024, at the American Legion located at 14011 NE 20th Avenue.

Lab results from the Washington State Patrol are still pending. 

Detectives are finalizing their reports for submission to the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for review at the conclusion of the investigation. 

Additional information will be released as it is available and will be sent out in a media release.

 

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Mother arrested after 3-year-old overdoses on methamphetamine - 05/03/24

Vancouver, Wash. – Last night at around 8:00 p.m., Vancouver Police and emergency medical responders from Vancouver Fire and AMR were dispatched to an apartment in the 4000 block of NE 109th Street for the report that a three-year old child had overdosed on drugs and the grandmother had administered two doses of Narcan to get the child breathing again. When officers arrived, the mother was with the child in a bedroom and was refusing to let the medical responders in. In order to provide immediate treatment for the child, police forced their way into the room and were able to get the child into the hands of the medical responders. The child was transported to an area hospital for urgent medical treatment. During the search of the mother, police located a plastic bag with a white power substance, and foil, hidden in the woman’s clothing. The white power substance field tested positive for Methamphetamine. The three-year old and the woman’s other child, two-years old, were both placed into protective custody with Washington State Child Protective Services.

Summer Justice Ward, 27 years old, was arrested and booked into the Clark County Jail for Endangerment with a Controlled Substance, Criminal Mistreatment II, Resisting Arrest, Obstruct Law Enforcement Officer, and Possession of a Controlled Substance. 

Detectives from the Vancouver Child Abuse Unit are following up on the investigation. This was the second overdose call that Vancouver Police patrol responded to that day involving a small child that consumed illicit substances. 

 

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Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Release #13 - 04/30/24

Vancouver, Wash. – The Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team (SWIIRT), led by the Vancouver Police Department, is continuing the investigation of the officer involved shooting that occurred on February 20, 2024, involving deputies from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

The results of DNA for the firearms of Jonathan Gale are still pending from the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab. 

Case files have been forwarded to the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Additional information will be released as it becomes available. 

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Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Release #4 (Photo) - 04/26/24

Vancouver, Wash. – The Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team (SWIIRT), led by the Vancouver Police Department, is continuing the Independent Investigation of the officer-involved use of force incident involving deputies from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office on April 13, 2024, at the American Legion located at 14011 NE 20th Avenue.

The firearm recovered near Benjamin Woods will be sent to the Washington State Patrol for testing, the results are pending. The final report from the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office is also pending. 

Detectives from the SWIIRT, which included Detectives from the Camas Police Department, have conducted over 50 witness interviews of people who were inside the American Legion playing bingo, plus staff who were present that day. 

The investigation is continuing and once completed, the case will be forwarded to the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for review. 

Additional information will be released as it is available and will be sent out in a media release.

 

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Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Release #12 - 04/24/24

Vancouver, Wash. – The Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team (SWIIRT), led by the Vancouver Police Department, is continuing the investigation of the officer involved shooting that occurred on February 20, 2024, involving deputies from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

Results of DNA and firearms analysis are still pending from the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab. 

Investigators are finalizing their reports and those case files have been forwarded to the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
 

Additional information will be released as it becomes available. 

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Jury verdict not guilty in Vancouver Police Officer trial, internal investigation resumes - 04/22/24

Vancouver, Wash. – A jury has reached a verdict of not guilty in the criminal trial against Vancouver Police Officer Andrea Mendoza arising from of a May 21, 2023, use of force incident. Following the incident, the Police Department opened an internal investigation, which was subsequently paused pending the outcome of the trial in the criminal case.  

With the conclusion of the trial, the Vancouver Police Department Professional Standards Unit will now resume the internal investigation. The City and Vancouver Police Department will not be commenting on the active internal investigation. Officer Mendoza remains on administrative leave.  

The City of Vancouver Police Department is committed to serving the public with professionalism, compassion, and respect.    

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