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Vancouver Police involved in shooting - 06/17/24

Vancouver, Wash. – This morning at approximately 12:51 a.m., a Vancouver Police Officer driving in the 2800 block of NE Andresen Rd. was flagged down by several people who reported that a male pointed a gun at them, and the suspect was walking southbound on Andresen. Additional officers responded and located the suspect at approximately the 2400 block of NE Andresen Rd. The suspect refused police commands to stop. One of the responding officers deployed his K9 partner to contact the suspect. The suspect pointed a gun at the officers and four officers discharged their firearms, striking the suspect. During the shooting, the VPD K9 was also shot in the tail. Officers rendered medical aid to the suspect at the scene and he was transported to an area hospital, where he was later pronounced deceased. The VPD K9 was transported to an emergency veterinary hospital where he underwent surgery on his tail.                                                                                                                                                                              

Other than the VPD K9, no Vancouver Police Officers or bystanders were physically injured during the incident. 

Four involved officers are on critical incident leave, per standard protocol.

The information being released is preliminary, and this is an ongoing investigation. The Vancouver Police Department notified the Washington State Office of Independent Investigations. The SW Washington Independent Investigation Response Team (SWIIRT), led by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, will be investigating the shooting. 

As part of the Vancouver Police Department’s Body Worn Camera (BWC) Program, video captured by body-worn cameras and in-car cameras will be reviewed and released at a later time. 

In compliance with WAC 139-12, Vancouver Police Department personnel will not be involved in the independent investigation.

•           All future communications will be sent via the SWIIRT.

•           The SWIIRT will release the names of the involved officers.

•           The Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office will release the name of the deceased.

•           Once the SWIIRT investigation is complete, the case will be forwarded to the Clark County Prosecutor’s Office for review.           

No further information is available currently.

 

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Vancouver Police release critical incident video - 06/14/24

Vancouver, Wash. – On June 8, 2024, the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) was involved in an officer-involved shooting. Two officers were placed on Critical Incident Leave. One officer discharged their firearm, and one officer witnessed the incident. Both officers were wearing body worn cameras (BWC) at the time of the incident and both officers patrol vehicles were equipped with front-facing in-car cameras. 

Following an officer-involved shooting involving the Vancouver Police Department, the department will release a Critical Incident Video, which includes video captured from department body worn cameras and patrol vehicle cameras. The release of these videos is at the discretion of the Chief of Police and is separate from the Independent Investigation Team (IIT) investigation.

The Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team (SWIIRT), led by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, is conducting an independent investigation of this incident. The Vancouver Police Department is not involved in the officer-involved shooting investigation. VPD will conduct an administrative investigation/review after the SWIIRT investigation is completed.

The Critical Incident Video can be viewed on the Vancouver Police Department website: Critical Incident Videos -The City of Vancouver, WA

The Vancouver Police Department will not be commenting on the investigation or the content in the Critical Incident Video. Release of the video is to provide some visual context of the incident as the Vancouver Police Department understands the events to have occurred, according to the video and incident information at the time.  

The Vancouver Police Department values the sanctity of human life and the dignity of all persons, and any loss of life is tragic. 

Please be aware the video contains graphic images and viewer discretion is strongly advised.

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Missing Endangered Elderly Man (Photo) - 06/12/24

**Mr. Fields was located safe by law enforcement.

 

The Vancouver Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating an 83-year-old vulnerable man, Charles Fields, who was last seen near the 12400 block of SE McGillivray Blvd at about 1115 hours headed westbound on foot. Charles resides in a memory care facility and should be able to identify himself but will likely have difficulty finding his way home. Charles is a black male, who is between 5’8-6’0 and between 175-200lbs with brown eyes and gray hair. He was seen wearing a black golf hat, a black “Old Spaghetti Factory” jacket and a white, long sleeve shirt, and jeans.

 

Please call 911 if you locate Charles Fields.

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**LOCATED SAFE** Missing teen under suspicious circumstances from the area of the Vancouver Mall. (Photo) - 06/11/24

UPDATE - JUVENILE LOCATED - On this date with the help of an observant citizen the juvenile was located safe in the city of Vancouver.   

 

Vancouver Police Department is requesting public's assistance in locating a missing sixteen-year-old teen.  The missing teenager's name is Honnor.  Please be advised that Honnor is a biological male who identifies as a female and goes by the first name of “Crystal.”  

Crystal was last seen at the Vancouver Mall earlier today.  As of approximately 12:53 PM, Crystal's cell phone was found discarded in the area just outside of the Vancouver Mall.  

Crystal was last seen wearing eyeglasses, light pink hooded sweater with words “My pronouns are she/they” inscribed in the front with purple letters, cotton white/blue “joggers” type pants, and black and blue sandals.  Crystal has reddish brown hair down to her shoulders and is also likely wearing diamond stud earrings.  

Crystal is approximately five feet and five inches tall and weighing 110 pounds.  

Crystal is extremely shy and may not feel comfortable speaking to a stranger.  

This is being treated as an extremely suspicious incident and is currently being investigated as a high priority and with all available resources.  

Citizens with any information regarding Crystal's disappearance are requested to call the Vancouver Police Department as soon as possible.  

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Vancouver Police Officer involved in shooting - 06/08/24

Vancouver, Wash. – Today at approximately 1:45 p.m., Vancouver Police were dispatched to the 100 block of SE Columbia Way regarding a male who had an aggressive German Shepard that was reported to be running loose and had bitten at least one person. The male was also described as having a firearm. According to the caller, the male was walking westbound on the trail near the river. At approximately, 2:59 p.m., Vancouver Police located the male and his dog in the area of Columbia Street/Columbia Way and observed the dog attempt to bite a person. As two Vancouver Police Officers approached, the male displayed what appeared to be a firearm, and pointed it at one of the officers. An officer discharged his firearm, striking the male. Officers rendered emergency medical aid to the male, however he was pronounced deceased at the scene. The German Shepard remained aggressive toward responding emergency personnel and was eventually secured to a dumpster to prevent any further injuries from the dog. 

No police officers were physically injured during this incident.  The dog was subsequently transported to the Humane Society. One person notified dispatch that they were seeking medical treatment for bite wounds sustained from the German Shepard. 

Two Vancouver Police Officers are now on critical incident leave, per standard protocol.

The information being released is preliminary, and this is an ongoing investigation. The Vancouver Police Department notified the Washington State Office of Independent Investigations. The SW Washington Independent Investigation Response Team (SWIIRT), led by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, will be investigating the shooting. 

As part of the Vancouver Police Department’s Body Worn Camera (BWC) Program, video captured by body-worn cameras and in-car cameras will be reviewed and released at a later time.

In compliance with WAC 139-12, Vancouver Police Department personnel will not be involved in this investigation.

•           All future communications will be sent via the SWIIRT.

•           The SWIIRT will release the names of the involved officers.

•           The Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office will release the name of the deceased.

•           Once the SWIIRT investigation is complete, the case will be forwarded to the Clark County Prosecutor’s Office                for review.           

No further information is available currently.

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Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Release #9 - 05/31/24

Vancouver, Wash. – The Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team (SWIIRT), led by the Vancouver Police Department, has completed 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.

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

There will be no further updates from the SWIIRT regarding this investigation.

 

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Vancouver Police Department statement on Donald Sahota murder trial verdict - 05/24/24

Vancouver, Wash. – “On behalf of the Vancouver Police Department I want to say that today the justice process was exercised, as the jury found the defendant guilty of the January 29, 2022, death of Vancouver Police Officer Donald Sahota”, said Vancouver Police Chief Jeff Mori. “It has been a long, emotional wait for the family and friends of Donald Sahota and while we are grateful for this verdict, the pain and tragedy of Don’s death remains. Don was a beloved husband, father, son, brother, and friend who will always be missed and never forgotten”. 

The Vancouver Police Department would like to express our sincere thanks to the individuals who served on this jury; for their time, attention, and commitment in taking on this important role that is a critical foundation of our justice system. The department also thanks the Clark County Prosecutors for their work and dedication to seeking long-awaited justice for Don and his family and friends. 

Today’s verdict provides the first step toward healing the pain, grief, sadness and loss for the Sahota family, the VPD family and the community. 

 

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Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Release #8 - 05/24/24

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.

Detectives are finalizing their reports. 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 Arrest Child Predator - 05/23/24

In May of 2022, the Vancouver Police Digital Evidence Cybercrime Unit detectives initiated an investigation into Daniel B. Gray. That investigation was based on a series of reports by Gray’s family members and their friends, who alleged he had been sexually abusing young girls in his care for decades and photographing his victims. Detectives believed the reports were credible, but the statute of limitations to criminally charge Gray had expired. The detail and breadth of the statements, however, indicated a much deeper pattern of predatory sexual behavior than could be constrained by the narrow chronology of the initially reported abuse. Investigators began seeking additional information and evidence from within Gray’s circle of family members and associates – many of whom were understandably reluctant to speak with police.

Through a series of interviews over the course of almost a year, DECU detectives identified a series of much younger girls who had been in contact with Gray. One provided a forensic interview detailing a series of contemporary rapes and sexual assaults. Follow-up investigation rendered probable cause to arrest Gray for two counts of Child Molestation in the first degree and two counts Rape of a Child in the first degree.

Given Gray’s status as transient, law enforcement was initially unable to locate him, and a federal warrant was issued for his arrest. In April of 2024, the US Marshals Service Violent Offender Task Force and DECU investigators located and arrested Daniel Gray in Portland. Detectives learned the address where Gray had been staying. A warrant was served there the following day. Detectives located dozens of digital devices, multiple cameras (which Gray had used in his “child modeling” photography career), and reems of amateurish sexual drawings (also of children). Based on an initial screening of his digital devices, detectives rapidly developed probable cause to charge Gray with additional child sexual abuse crimes. On May 22, 2024, Gray was arrested on the newly developed charges. Gray’s digital devices are still under forensic examination.

Final charges for which Gray is awaiting trial:

  • 2x counts Rape of a child in the first degree
  • 2x counts Child molestation in the first degree
  • Dealing in depictions of minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
  • 3x counts Possession of Depictions of Minor Engaged in Sexually Explicit Conduct in the First Degree,
  • Possession of Depictions of Minor Engaged in Sexually Explicit Conduct in the Second Degree

If you have information helpful to police regarding Daniel Gray please contact Detective Dewey at james.dewey@cityofvancouver.us or 360-487-7446.

 

Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Release #16 - 05/23/24

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

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

There will be no further updates from the SWIIRT regarding this investigation. 

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