Suspected gunman in downtown shooting appears in court

By Paris Achen, Columbian courts reporter

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A man who was shot in the left foot early Thursday outside a downtown Vancouver nightclub said he didn’t know his accused assailant and hadn’t had any issues with him prior to the shooting, court records show.

Jabril Brandon said “he was in fear that he would be killed and has never been so scared in his life,” wrote Clark County sheriff’s Detective Fred Neiman Jr. in a probable cause affidavit.

Vancouver police shot the suspected gunman, Darryl E. Humphrey Jr., 21, of Portland in the right hip after he refused to put down his weapon.

Humphrey appeared Friday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of first-degree attempted murder and first-degree assault.

Judge Barbara Johnson held Humphrey on $500,000 bail and scheduled his arraignment for March 21. She appointed Vancouver attorney Jack Peterson to defend him against the charges. Humphrey also was wanted on a warrant out of Clark County District Court on suspicion of third-degree theft and bail-jumping, said Senior Deputy Prosecutor Kasey Vu.

Court records said Brandon, no age or hometown available, said he was with his brothers and friends outside the Q Nightclub, 704 Main St. in Vancouver, when a fight broke out among other clubgoers. Brandon’s brother tried to break up the fight and was attacked near the corner of Main and East Seventh streets.

When Brandon went to help his brother, he said he was confronted by a gunman. Brandon attempted to leave, but as he crossed the street near the northeast corner of the intersection, he heard a gunshot and felt pain in his left foot.

John Peters, who lives in an apartment near the nightclub, said he called 911 about the gunshots and told the dispatcher the gunman ran south. When Vancouver police officers confronted the gunman, he ignored police commands to drop his weapon, and an officer shot him, police said.

In a police interview, Humphrey said he brought a small-caliber handgun to the nightclub in his right front pants pocket, according to court records. He said he wasn’t involved in any altercations at the club. He said he fired at the victim because the victim had “pointed at him in an aggressive manner,” court records say.