A man was shot and killed by a sheriff’s deputy this morning after he was found trespassing on a homeowner’s property in the Ridgefield area with a handgun, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. The deputy has been placed on leave while detectives investigate the shooting.
The Clark County sheriff’s deputy was sent to the property, 319 N.W. 289th St., at 7:50 a.m. for a report of a prowler, according to Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency dispatch logs. Shortly after arriving on scene the deputy engaged with the suspect and shot him, the sheriff’s office said in a news release.
Fire and paramedic crews soon arrived to provide medical aid for the man’s gunshot wound. He was taken by ambulance to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, the sheriff’s office said. The man’s name was not released pending notification of his next of kin, sheriff’s Sgt. Fred Neiman said.
The deputy was not injured, according to the news release.
The shooting occurred in a field on the homeowner’s property, “quite a ways from the residence,” Neiman said. The property is along a gravel road in a rural area east of Interstate 5 and the city of Ridgefield.
According to a preliminary investigation, the sheriff’s office said, it appears that the suspected prowler was armed with a handgun at the time of the incident.
The Regional Major Crimes Team is investigating the shooting, and the deputy involved has been placed on paid critical-incident leave, which is standard procedure, the sheriff’s office said.