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Man shot, killed by police at Vancouver apartment identified

Sebastian T. Lewandowski, 31, brandished replica rifle, set fire to apartment unit, police said

By Patty Hastings, Columbian Social Services, Demographics, Faith
Published: December 3, 2014, 12:00am

The Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the Vancouver man shot and killed by police last week during a domestic violence call as 31-year-old Sebastian T. Lewandowski of Vancouver.

Lewandowski’s died of multiple gunshot and shotgun wounds, according to the agency, and his death was ruled a homicide.

On Nov. 25, officers were called to the Alder Creek Apartments, 11716 N.E. 49th St., just before 11 p.m. after an argument between a man and a woman escalated. A man, who was reported to be armed, had set an apartment on fire, according to police.

The officers entered the apartment complex on foot and encountered Lewandowski in the parking lot, who was carrying what appeared to be an AR-15 rifle- type weapon, police said.

After he refused to comply with officers’ commands to put the weapon down, the officers fired at him, according to police. He died at the scene.

Witnesses said they heard about five shots.

Police later determined that the weapon Lewandowski was holding was an Airsoft-type AR-15 replica. A female he threatened with the weapon in the parking lot was not associated with him and was not injured.

Lewandowski had been a guest of the residents of the apartment he set on fire, police said; no one else was in the apartment at the time.

The five Vancouver police officers who fired at the suspect are Brent Donaldson, Christopher Douville, Eric McCaleb, Timothy Pfeifer and Colton Price, the Vancouver Police Department said in a press release. All five were working patrol during the incident and are now on paid administrative leave, according to the agency.

The Regional Major Crimes Team is investigating the officer-involved shooting, with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office acting as the lead agency.

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