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Missing Endangered Person (Located Safe) - 11/29/21

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Mr. Nielsen has been located safe and is being reunited with family. 

 

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The Vancouver Police is seeking public assistance in locating a missing and endangered person. Norman Nielsen left his home in Vancouver, WA at about 0045 hours on 11-28-2021. He is an 89 year old white male, 6'01", 186 lbs, green eyes, and brown hair. Norman was last seen wearing a green puffy jacket, blue jeans, black Puma sneakers, and wire rimmed glasses. He was driving a tan 1999 Toyota 4Runner, license plate OR YBA753. Norman has mental health issues, physical health issues, and may be experiencing a mental health episode causing him to be confused and disoriented. Anyone with information about Norman's whereabouts is urged to contact the Vancouver Police Department. 

Vancouver Police investigate shooting - 11/23/21

Vancouver, Wash. –On November 19, 2021 at approximately 8:29 p.m., Vancouver Police were dispatched to 4931 NE 112th Ave after AMR personnel had been flagged down by a citizen reporting a person had been shot in the parking lot of that location. The victim, a 20-year-old male, was transported to an area hospital prior to police arrival. He did not survive his injuries. 

Detectives from the Vancouver Police Department Major Crimes Unit are investigating. Nothing further is being released at this time. 

 

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Vancouver Police seeks missing mother and infant (Located Safe) - 11/23/21

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Ms. Florendo and her son have been located and are safe. 

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The Vancouver Police Department is searching for Felicia Florendo, who has been missing from her Vancouver home since Saturday, 11-20-2021. Felicia left on foot with her 11-month-old infant son, Koa Florendo, but left behind her phone, purse, and necessities. Felicia is a Native American, 5 ft 3 inches, and about 90 lbs. She has brown eyes and brown hair currently dyed green. She was last seen wearing black pants and a black jacket. The infant was wearing a white or gray top and gray pants. Anyone with information about Felicia and her child are asked to call 911.

Update 6: Clark County Sheriff's Office Officer Involved Shooting October 17, 2021 - 11/15/21

Vancouver, Wash. – On November 15, 2021, the SW Washington Independent Investigative Response Team (SWIIR), completed their investigation and the case has been forwarded to the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. 

On November 15, 2021, following the forwarding of the case to the Clark County Prosecution Attorney’s Office, SWIIR investigators provided the Clark County Sheriff’s Office administration staff and the non-law enforcement community members assigned to this investigation as part of the SWIIR, a briefing on the investigation. 

Nothing further related to this investigation will be released from the SWIIR team.  

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Update 5: Clark County Sheriff's Office Officer Involved Shooting October 17, 2021 - 11/11/21

Vancouver, Wash. –Vancouver, Wash. –The investigation by the SW Washington Independent Investigative Response Team (SWIIR) into the October 17, 2021 officer involved shooting involving deputies from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office is continuing. 

SWIIR investigators are completing reports in preparation for a briefing to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office and forwarding of the case to the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for review. 

Updates regarding the officer involved shooting investigation will be sent out at least once per week, via media release, from the SW Washington Independent Investigative Response Team, while the investigation remains active.   

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Vancouver Police statement regarding ACLU news conference - 11/10/21

Vancouver, Wash. – Today the Vancouver Police Department was contacted by several media outlets regarding a pending news conference being held by the NAACP of SW Washington and the ACLU of Washington.  The conference was regarding a letter the organizations drafted to the U.S. Department of Justice requesting they investigate the Vancouver Police Department and the Clark County Sheriff’s Office for an alleged pattern and practice of excessive uses of force and alleged discriminatory policing.  The Vancouver Police Department is aware of media reports but has not received an official copy of the letter from the ACLU or NAACP.

The Vancouver Police Department recognizes and respects the value of all human life and dignity without prejudice to anyone.  The Department is committed as a professional law enforcement organization to continuous improvement to lawfully and equitably protect the safety of all community members we serve. The use of force by law enforcement personnel is a matter of critical concern, both to the public and to the law enforcement community. Officers must have an understanding of, and true appreciation for, their authority and limitations. 

“We appreciate the long-standing relationships we have with our community partners including, the NAACP of SW Washington, LULAC, and the Chief’s Diversity Advisory Team, and are committed to continuing to build and strengthen these connections and create opportunities for the police and the community to work together on initiatives to improve police and community relations, increase transparency and reduce police use of force incidents”, said Vancouver Police Chief James McElvain. 

Demonstrating our commitment to improvement, the City and Police Department most recently engaged with the Community Task Force on Policing  over the past year working to address and implement the 84 recommendations in the Police Executive Research Forum's (PERF) use of force report, which PERF issued after VPD commissioned the agency to perform a complete review of VPD’s culture, policies, training, documentation, and data on use of force and officer-involved shooting incidents.  Part of the Task Force accomplishments was reviewing and advising the City Council on establishing a body-worn camera program, which VPD will launch in early 2022. Additional information on the work of the Community Task Force on Policing can be found on Be Heard Vancouver

The Vancouver Police Department is fully prepared to cooperate with any inquiry or investigation that may stem from this letter. 

 

 

 

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Vancouver Police looking for missing Vancouver woman (Photo) - 11/09/21

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UPDATE 11/9/2021
 

The family of Acacia Sellers reported that a friend had located her in good health.

 

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The Vancouver Police Department is seeking the public's help is locating 22-year-old Acacia Savannah Sellers. Acacia was most recently houseless and associated with a black 2006 Ford F-150 pickup. She has most recently lived in camps in Vancouver and Portland.

Acacia is a biracial (black and white) female with blue eyes and brown hair. She is 5'5" tall and 140 lbs.

If you know where she is or how to reach her please contact the Vancouver Police Department.

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Vancouver Police investigate domestic violence homicide (Update: Suspect ID) - 11/08/21

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Notification of next of kin has been completed. The suspect in this case is Michael R. Murrah, 45. 

Nothing further is being released at this time.  

 

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Vancouver, Wash. –On November 7, 2021, at approximately 10:39 a.m., Vancouver Police were dispatched to a residence in the 2400 block of F Street for the report of an assault with a weapon. When officers arrived, they located a male outside the house with a knife in his hand. He was taken into custody by police without incident. A female was located inside the residence suffering from stab wounds. She was transported to an area hospital where she later died from her injuries. The couple’s 8-year-old child was located inside the home and was not physically injured.

The male was interviewed and subsequently arrested for Murder I. The Vancouver Police Department Major Crimes Unit is continuing the investigation. The names of the victim and the suspect are not being released at this time, pending notification of next of kin. 

 

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Update 4: Clark County Sheriff's Office Officer Involved Shooting October 17, 2021 - 11/04/21

Vancouver, Wash. –Vancouver, Wash. –The investigation by the SW Washington Independent Investigative Response Team (SWIIR) into the October 17, 2021 officer involved shooting involving deputies from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office is continuing. 

Since the last communication from the SWIIR, investigators have been finishing reports in preparation for the case to be forwarded to the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for review. 

Updates regarding the officer involved shooting investigation will be sent out at least once per week, via media release, from the SW Washington Independent Investigative Response Team, while the investigation remains active.   

 

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