Officers fatally shoot fugitive in Vancouver



Police investigate a fatal shooting involving undercover police officers Friday January 18, 2013 at the Addison Apartments in Vancouver, Washington.

Police with a multi-agency task force shot and killed a fugitive in central Vancouver after he rammed an undercover police car on Jan. 18, 2013.

Officers shot and killed a fugitive Friday morning after the wanted man rammed an undercover police vehicle with his car.

Vancouver Police Department Spokeswoman Kim Kapp said that just after 11 a.m., officers with the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force were searching for and located the wanted man, whose identity has not been released.

Kapp said the man was a suspect in “several ongoing felony cases” and that that he was believed to be armed.

Officers located the man in a vehicle at the Addison Apartments, 7531 N.E. 18th St. in the Ogden neighborhood, and the fugitive subsequently rammed the unmarked police vehicle occupied by several police personnel, Kapp said.

“The suspect’s actions then escalated the situation, and shots were fired by multiple officers,” Kapp said, declining to elaborate on what actions the suspect took.

The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene by Vancouver Fire Department personnel. Kapp did not say whether any law enforcement officers were injured.

More than a dozen police cars line Northeast 18th Street near the apartment complex as police continue their investigation. The task force is a multi-agency unit that includes the U.S. Marshal Service, Department of Corrections and Vancouver Police.

Emily Kountz, 29, is an in-home caregiver who was in a neighboring building in the apartment complex with an elderly couple. She ran outside once she heard several gunshots.

“We heard some popping, which sent us flying out the door,” Kountz said. “As soon as I heard it, I knew someone needs help.”

She said the violent activity is not something she expected of the area.

“Everyone’s still frazzled,” she said.

This story will be updated throughout the day.