Officer in Ridgefield shooting incident named

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Here is a press release from the Clark County Sheriff's Office:

Due to privacy concerns the Clark County Sheriff's Office will no longer be providing updates on Mary Andison's condition.

The Vancouver Police Department has authorized the release of the name of their officer involved in the shooting on Friday. He, along with several other law enforcement officers are on department mandated Critical Incident Leave as a result of Friday's incident. Such leave is typical for officers directly involved in shootings and similar situations. It is not uncommon for officers indirectly involved in such situations to also be placed on temporary leave. This leave provides for the orderly review and assessment of the occurrence itself, as well as the impact on individual officers involved.

Information relating to the Vancouver Police officer is being released by the Clark County Sheriff's Office because the incident originated in Clark County, but ultimately involved the response of a multi-agency regional SWAT team.

Officers being placed on temporary leave.

Officer Ryan Junker

SWAT

Vancouver Police Department since 2005

Federal Way Police Department 1996 - 2005

Officer Junker is the only law enforcement officer to fire their weapon in Friday's incident.

Sgt. Tim Bieber

SWAT

Clark County Sheriff's Office Since 1993

Sgt. K.C. Kasberg

SWAT

Clark County Sheriff's Office Since 1998

Detective Bill Sofianos

SWAT

Clark County Sheriff's Office Since 2003

Detective Pete Muller

SWAT

Clark County Sheriff's Office Since 1991

Deputy Jon Shields

SWAT Medic

Clark County Sheriff's Office Since 2006

Reserve Deputy Craig Gault

SWAT Medic

Clark County Sheriff's Office Since 1997

This investigation continues to be ongoing and there is nothing further to be released at this time.

Updates will be made available when appropriate.

Prepared by Sergeant Scott Schanaker


June 25, 2011

The female involved in yesterday's shooting is Mary Lee Andison of Ridgefield.

She remains in critical condition at Legacy Emmanuel Hospital in Portland.

There is nothing further to release at this time.

Prepared by Sergeant Scott Schanaker.

Clark County Sheriff's Office

June 24rd 2011

At approximately 1:00 PM on June 23rd 2011, Clark County Sheriff's deputies responded to 20404 NW 61st Ave, in rural Clark County, to a request from family members for a welfare check of a despondent/ suicidal female.

Deputies arrived and encountered a 60 year old female sitting on the floor holding a revolver handgun. Deputies ordered the female to drop the revolver, however, the female disregarded the instruction stating the revolver was a ‘starter pistol' and that she wanted the deputies to shoot her. The deputies safely withdrew to a position of cover as the female continually demanded the deputies to shoot her. The female then stood, holding the revolver in one hand and a bottle of wine in the other, and walked into a nearby room. Several minutes later deputies heard the sound of a single gunshot from inside the room.

Due to the presence of the revolver and confirmation of numerous other weapons inside the residence, the Southwest Washington Regional SWAT team was activated. After approximately three and a half hours of phone contact and attempted negotiations with the female SWAT operators inserted a camera through a second story window in attempt to have a visual of the female. The female immediately responded to this by exiting the room and advanced directly at SWAT operators as she pointed the revolver at them. A single SWAT operator fired on the female stopping the threat. No officers or deputies were injured.

The female was transported by Life Flight to Southwest Washington Medical Center where she is in critical condition.

At this time there is no additional information regarding the weapon the female was in possession of.

There is no additional information regarding how many rounds were fired by the SWAT operator or what type of weapon was used.

The name of the female will not be disclosed at this time pending notification of family.

The name of the SWAT operator involved in the shooting will not be disclosed at this time.

This investigation is ongoing by the Clark County Major Crimes Unit. Further updates will be made available when appropriate.

There is nothing further to be released at this time.

Prepared by Sergeant Scott Schanaker