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Camas officer-involved shooting investigation to go to prosecutor’s office for review

By , Columbian Assistant Metro Editor

The Regional Major Crimes Team is preparing to send its investigative reports on the fatal Camas officer-involved shooting to the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for review.

Edwin L. Glessner, 32, who was killed during the March 12 incident, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to the Vancouver Police Department. The police department said that the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office determined the manner of death.

The Camas police officer who fired his weapon was identified as Steven Forgette, 28. He was hired by the department in November 2015 and is assigned to the patrol division. Forgette is also a member of the Southwest Washington Regional SWAT Team.

Officers with the Camas and Washougal police departments responded about 9:15 p.m. March 12 to a disturbance call involving a weapon in the area of Northeast Second Avenue and Joy Street.

They made verbal contact with Glessner, who was not compliant and had a handgun, police said.

Both Forgette and Glessner fired their weapons during the confrontation. Police have not said whether Glessner fired at police or if Forgette shot Glessner.

Glessner was treated at the scene, before being transported to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver. He was pronounced dead at the hospital, according to the Vancouver Police Department.

The Regional Major Crimes Team, led by the Vancouver Police Department, has been investigating the shooting. Investigators have completed their interviews and are preparing the case to be forwarded to the prosecutor’s office, according to Vancouver police.