Warrant issued for suspect in 2010 shooting

Police say two men were wounded in planned drug deal

By Laura McVicker, Columbian staff writer

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Updated: February 3, 2012, 7:55 PM

 

An attempted murder warrant has been issued for a suspect accused of shooting two men in November 2010 during a drug deal at Jaggy Road Park in central Vancouver.

The warrant was filed Thursday in Clark County Superior Court for Dennzel T. Davis, 19, now believed to reside in Sacramento, Calif.

Prosecutors allege Davis went to the park, at Northeast 45th Street and 72nd Avenue, the evening of Nov. 4, 2010, for a marijuana deal.

Details of the drug deal and shooting were sketchy. Police said witnesses provided very little information until November 2011, when a man — who reportedly accompanied Davis to the park — agreed to be interviewed.

According to court documents, the witness said Davis planned to commit a robbery for marijuana at the park. The man stayed in the car, as Davis exited to meet the men for the deal.

Moments later, the man told police, two shots were fired and Davis ran back to the car with one of the shooting victims, later identified as 19-year-old Joseph Asciutto. Meanwhile, the other shooting victim, Matthew Jarvis, 18, ran from the park to an apartment complex and was later transported to the hospital.

Davis allegedly told the man that, “he was going to drive the wounded man to the river to kill him,” according to a probable cause affidavit written by Senior Deputy Prosecutor Camara Banfield.

The man persuaded Davis to instead drive the shooting victim to the hospital.

“On the way to the hospital, Davis apologized to Asciutto for having shot him,” the affidavit said.

Jarvis’ injuries were not outlined in the affidavit; Asciutto suffered a gunshot wound to the upper chest and was at one point in critical condition.

Banfield said Friday morning that she did not yet know the time-line for capturing Davis and extraditing him to Clark County.

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