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Vancouver Police substitute PIO December 4-8 - 12/01/23

Vancouver, Wash. – Vancouver Police Public Affairs Manager Kim Kapp will be unavailable December 4-8

Lt. Kathy McNicholas will be covering PIO duties these dates during office hours (8am-5pm) and can be reached at (360) 518-2123 or at

As always for inquiries outside of the above listed date and hours, please call dispatch first on the media line and request a call back from on-duty personnel. 

Please do not email or contact other personnel who have covered PIO duties in the past. Lt. McNicholas is the substitute for the above-listed dates. 






Vancouver Police stolen vehicle operation results in 6 arrests and 4 stolen vehicles recovered (Photo) - 11/30/23

Vancouver, Wash. – On November 29, 2023, the Vancouver Police Department conducted the first SW Washington joint Stolen Vehicle Operation (SVO) with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. This operation was part of a larger SVO collaboration involving multiple law enforcement agencies in the Portland metro area. See Portland Police Bureau Release 

The Vancouver Police SVO focused on various areas of west and central Vancouver, based on stolen vehicle data. While the primary mission was to proactively locate and recover stolen vehicles, operations such as these also address larger crime and public safety issues. Stolen vehicles are often connected to crimes including shootings, robberies, thefts, assaults, and other violent crimes. Additionally, vehicle theft suspects frequently drive at dangerously high speeds, further endangering the public. 

The results of last night’s SW Washington SVO included recovery of 4 Stolen vehicles with 6 subjects arrested. Officers also seized one vehicle pending a search warrant on a pending VPD Property Crimes Unit Investigation. Additionally, 56 Fentanyl pills recovered from one of the arrested suspects. 

In one incident of the night, a vehicle that was stolen out of Vancouver was spotted by the owner, who followed the vehicle and confronted the driver. The driver threatened the owner and fled the area. VPD later located the occupied stolen car and attempted a traffic stop. The driver eluded police at reckless speeds, demonstrating no regard for the safety of the public. Several hours later, VPD officers working the SVO, located that same stolen vehicle and attempted a traffic stop. The driver exhibited egregiously dangerous driving behavior and eluded police at a high rate of speed crossing into Oregon. Officers conducting the Portland SVO were able to locate the vehicle and using spike strips were able to get the vehicle stopped and the driver arrested.   

The Vancouver Police Department will be conducting future SVO’s in an effort to reduce vehicle theft and the crimes associated with stolen vehicles.  




Vancouver Police investigate drive-by shooting - 11/30/23

Vancouver, Wash. – This morning at approximately 12:10 a.m., Vancouver Police responded to 11614 NE 49th Street for the report of a shooting in the parking lot of the apartment complex. Arriving officers located a 25-year-old male with multiple gunshot wounds. He was transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries. There were no other reported injuries. 

The Vancouver Police Department Major Crimes Unit and Crime Reduction Unit are continuing the investigation. 



Vancouver Police investigate fatality traffic collision - 11/27/23

Vancouver, Wash. – On November 24 at approximately 5:09 p.m., Vancouver Police responded to the 2000 block of NE 112th Avenue for the report of a motorcycle vs. vehicle collision. The investigation involved a motorcycle that hit a Ford Escort at high speed from behind. According to witnesses, the motorcyclist had been seen driving at excessive speeds and weaving through traffic prior to the collision. The motorcycle rider, 38-year-old male, was transported with life threatening injuries and later died at the hospital. The driver of the Ford Escort, a 26-year-old female, was not injured. Impairment and speed on the part of the motorcycle rider were predominant factors in the collision.

The Vancouver Police Department Traffic Unit is continuing the investigation. 


Photo of Heather
Photo of Heather

On 11/26/23 Heather Boyer walked away from her residence in Vancouver, WA. Her current whereabouts are unknown. Heather has a medical condition that requires daily medication, which she is not currently in possession of. If you see Heather, please call 311. 


Attached Media Files: Photo of Heather
Vancouver Police investigate fatality collision - 11/13/23

Vancouver, Wash. – This morning at approximately 6:00 a.m., Vancouver Police responded to E Mill Plain Blvd./V Street for the report of a vehicle vs. pedestrian collision. The vehicle was traveling westbound on E Mill Plain Blvd. in the right lane approaching V Street and the pedestrian was crossing E Mill Plain Blvd. from the south in a marked mid-block crosswalk. The investigation indicates that the pedestrian, who was wearing dark clothing at the time of the collision, did not activate the overhead crosswalk lights before crossing and the driver of the vehicle was unable to stop in time to avoid striking the pedestrian, who was pronounced deceased at the scene. Neither speed, impairment nor distraction on the part of the driver were causing factors in the collision.

The Vancouver Police Department Traffic Unit is continuing the investigation.