A community corrections specialist with the Washington Department of Corrections is on paid administrative leave following Friday’s officer-involved shooting in Vancouver, the agency’s spokesman Chad Lewis said.
A veteran Vancouver police detective is also on paid leave pending the completion of the investigation into the incident, which resulted in the death of Jesse John France Jr., 29, of Vancouver.
Putting officers on paid leave is standard practice for law enforcement agencies after an officer-involved shooting. Neither officer’s name has been released.
Just before 11 a.m. Friday, officers searching for France attempted to talk to him at the Addison Apartments, 7531 N.E. 18th St. in the Ogden neighborhood, according to a police bulletin. France rammed the officers’ unmarked police vehicle with the vehicle he was driving, police said. The situation then “was escalated” and police fired at France, Vancouver police spokeswoman Kim Kapp said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
France was an ex-convict wanted for failing to check in with his community corrections officer, according to the Washington State Department of Corrections.