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A look at police shootings in Clark County since 2017

By , Columbian Assistant Metro Editor
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A snapshot of local police shootings since 2017:

2017

Justin Andrew Burton, 25, killed Feb. 10, 2017: A Vancouver police officer shot Burton after he barged into an apartment occupied by a father and his four children at Springfield Meadows and wielded a knife. Officials say Burton had confronted the owner of a vehicle in the Roads End neighborhood. He took the vehicle, drove away and crashed into a parked activities bus at Vancouver Pointe Senior Living a few blocks away. He then ran through the lobby and into the neighboring Springfield Meadows complex. Burton’s court records showed a substantial history of mental illness. The Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office ruled the shooting justified.

Dominic Tovar, 24, wounded Feb. 25, 2017: A Vancouver police officer fired his weapon at Tovar after he was nearly struck by Tovar’s car after interrupting a drug deal in an Uptown Village parking lot. Tovar quickly reversed his parked car toward the officer, prompting the officer to fire through the back window. Tovar was struck by gunfire on his right arm, shoulder and back. The Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office ruled the shooting justified.

Drew Patrick Lodahl, 30, not wounded, April 27, 2017: A Clark County sheriff’s deputy fired his weapon at a stolen vehicle Lodahl was driving after Lodahl allegedly sped toward the deputy. Lodahl and a passenger had been parked in a turnout near Sunset Falls Campground, when the deputy contacted them, believing they had felony arrest warrants. A jury acquitted Lodahl on a charge of assaulting an officer. The Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office ruled the shooting justified.

John J. Martin, 66, killed May 18, 2017: A Clark County corrections deputy shot Martin, a jail inmate, while guarding him at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. Two deputies were assigned to guard Martin, who had been brought to the hospital after apparently having a stroke while in jail. Medical staff determined that Martin did not suffer a stroke, and when a student nurse and deputies went to move him back to bed and reshackle him, he fought them. One deputy used a stun gun, but it apparently had no effect. The struggle continued and another deputy shot Martin in the torso. The Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office ruled the shooting justified, finding the deputy fired in self-defense.

David W. Hamilton, 50, killed June 6, 2017: Vancouver police forced Hamilton off the road during a chase after he robbed an iQ Credit Union branch. He had entered the credit union wearing a ski mask and wielding a semi-automatic rifle. Hamilton and the pursuing officers exchanged gunfire near the intersection of Northeast 182nd Avenue and 73rd Street. The Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office ruled the shooting justified.

2018

Brad Lee Reeves, 30, not wounded, April 3, 2018: Reeves prompted an hourslong manhunt during which two Vancouver police officers fired their weapons. Police were called to the Rose Village neighborhood for a report of a suspicious vehicle and found Reeves, who was wanted for shooting at the driver of an off-road vehicle and ramming a patrol car. He ran, and SWAT members joined police in combing the neighborhood. Reeves was found hiding in a yard. Reeves pleaded guilty to several charges but has not yet been sentenced, court records show. The Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office ruled the shooting justified.

James Matthew Kelly, 35, wounded June 13, 2018: Kelly appeared at a Brush Prairie home where he had once lived and struck one of the occupants in the head and chest, then wrestled with a sheriff’s deputy and put him in a chokehold. The deputy fired before he blacked out. After treatment for schizophrenia at Western State Hospital, Kelly was sent to prison. The Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office ruled the shooting justified.

Christopher Franklin Rollins, 23, not wounded, Sept. 3, 2018: Rollins was arrested after a sheriff’s deputy investigating a hit-and-run crash spotted the suspect’s vehicle and gave chase. Rollins crashed the stolen flatbed truck he was driving and was running when the deputy shot at him. He was later sentenced to 36 months in prison. The ruling on the shooting was unavailable Friday.

Demarcus D. Roundtree, 31, wounded Nov. 22, 2018: Roundtree was shot during a traffic stop on Thanksgiving after Vancouver police found him inside a suspected stolen vehicle near the East Fourth Plain Boulevard onramp from southbound Interstate 5. He drove away. The car was later found abandoned, and Roundtree was found nearby in a different parked vehicle. Roundtree was under the influence of intoxicants during the incident, and had borrowed the stolen Honda Accord from a friend, defense attorney Dustin Richardson said. The Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office ruled the shooting justified.

David Villagran, 33, killed Nov. 28, 2018: Villagran was shot in the head by sheriff’s deputies in the 10900 block of Northeast 72nd Street after he rammed a patrol car. Deputies had been responding to a report of a stolen vehicle. The Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office ruled the shooting justified.

2019

Erkinson K. Bossy, 23, not wounded, Feb. 5, 2019: A lengthy car chase that started in Vancouver erupted into gunfire on interstates 205 and 84 in Portland. Bossy, a suspect in the fatal shooting of Kelso convenience store clerk Kayla Chapman, was arrested following the chase. A pursuing officer sprayed more than 40 rounds from his AR-15 rifle from the passenger’s seat through the front windshield at the fleeing pickup. The same officer was injured after flying debris hit him in the face. Bossy was also injured in the chase but not from the shooting, police said. Bossy has since pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, first-degree robbery and unlawful possession of a firearm; he is scheduled to be sentenced later this year. The Multnomah County, Ore., district attorney declined to ask a grand jury to review the actions of the two Vancouver police officers involved in the chase or the sergeant who authorized the use of deadly force.

Clayton Joseph, 16, killed Feb. 19, 2019: Joseph was shot when Vancouver police officers responded to a disturbance call at an apartment complex on Southeast Ellsworth Road. According to information released by police, witnesses reported that Joseph’s older brother was fighting with his girlfriend at the Sterling Heights apartments. Joseph was also involved in the disturbance, which had spilled into the parking lot. While waiting outside for police, two adult residents who reported the incident were confronted by Joseph, who was angry that they called 911. They said he slashed at them and threatened them with a knife, forcing one of them to jump out of the way to avoid being stabbed. The teen brandished the knife at responding officers and refused to drop it when ordered, police said. He was subsequently shot in the chest. The Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office ruled the shooting justified.

Michael Eugene Pierce, 29, killed Feb. 28, 2019: Pierce was shot after Vancouver police responded to calls of an armed person near West 12th and Jefferson streets. Witnesses said Pierce was pointing two firearms at himself, passersby and police. Officers said he refused to follow their commands, and he was shot in the chest. It was later learned the firearms were realistic-looking replica handguns. Pierce’s family said he had been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia as a teenager and had stopped taking his medication; he was also homeless. The Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office ruled the shooting justified.

Carlos Markein Hunter, 43, killed March 7, 2019: Hunter was shot after Vancouver detectives stopped his vehicle near Northeast 78th Street and Northeast 25th Avenue as part of a narcotics trafficking investigation. A group of officers was in the process of serving a search warrant on Hunter, when he reached for a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun in his right front pants pocket, according to investigators. Two detectives fired their weapons, striking him in the torso. The Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office ruled the shooting justified.

Craig D. Stewart, 41, not wounded, Oct. 13, 2019: A Vancouver police officer fired at Stewart while responding to a commercial alarm in the 6700 block of Northeast 18th Street. The sheriff’s office reported that the suspect stole a Range Rover from inside the building. A garage bay door opened, and the SUV accelerated out, “nearly striking one of the officers on scene.” The officer fired in response. Police said they later tied Stewart to the burglary through gas station video surveillance, a stolen vehicle found near his home and seized clothing, court records say. He has since pleaded guilty to attempting to elude, possession of stolen property and burglary, court records show. He will be sentenced later this year. The Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office ruled the shooting justified.

2020

Edwin L. Glessner, 32, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, March 12, 2020: Camas and Washougal police officers responded 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. A Camas police officer and Glessner fired their weapons during the confrontation. The medical examiner found Glessner had shot himself. The Cowlitz County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office is reviewing the shooting.

William E. Abbe, 50, killed April 28, 2020: Three Vancouver police officers fatally shot Abbe while responding to an assault between him and another man in central Vancouver. Arriving officers found one man lying unconscious on the ground, while the other man, Abbe, refused police commands to drop objects he was holding. Witnesses said Abbe was throwing pieces of sharpened pipe or construction rebar at officers just before they shot him. The Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, which was asked to review the shooting as an outside agency, ruled the shooting justified.

Andrew A. Williams, 41, killed Oct. 4, 2020: Two Vancouver police officers shot Williams while responding to a report of an assault with a weapon at the Parc Central Apartments in the Rose Village neighborhood. Police say Williams stabbed his girlfriend and injured several other people at the apartment. The investigation is ongoing.

Kevin E. Peterson Jr., 21, killed Oct. 29, 2020: Detectives from the Clark/Vancouver Drug Task Force were conducting a narcotics investigation in the 6800 block of Northeast Highway 99 in Hazel Dell. Investigators said officers contacted a man, who was suspected of selling drugs in the parking lot of the nearby Quality Inn. They said he was alone in his vehicle and ran when approached. A foot chase ensued, the man produced a handgun and the officers backed off, investigators said. A short time later, the man encountered three sheriff’s deputies who all discharged their pistols. A police news release did not state if the man fired a weapon. Authorities said the slain man was identified by family and media as Peterson. The investigation is ongoing.

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