Utah police release more details of Vancouver woman's fatal shooting

By Paul Suarez, Columbian freelance

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photoAn officer is taken to an ambulance by paramedics as West Valley City police officers investigate an officer-involved shooting at the Lexington Park apartments on Nov. 2. Danielle Willard of Vancouver was fatally shot by police during the incident.

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Utah police have released more details in the Nov. 2 fatal shooting of a Vancouver woman.

West Valley City Police Sgt. Mike Powell said Danielle Misha Willard, 21, was contacted by two plain-clothes detectives working a drug case around 1:30 p.m. Nov. 2. Detectives fired shots and hit Willard twice in the head. She died as a result of the injuries, Powell said. One of the detectives was injured in the incident but police aren't saying if Willard was armed or fired at police.

No more information was released.

The injured officer was released from the hospital after the incident. Both detectives were placed on paid administrative leave pending completion of the investigation, Powell said. The West Valley City Police Department and the Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office are investigating the shooting.

Willard's family said she was addicted to heroin for the past few years and had moved to Utah in April for treatment, The Deseret News reported.

According to Willard's Facebook page, she graduated from Gresham High School in Oregon in 2009.

A Facebook page, "Justice for Danielle Willard," was set up on Sunday.