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Sheriff Atkins: Clark County working to address gunfire damage

Some mobile home park residences were hit by bullets during fatal shooting

By , Columbian staff writer
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Lorenz Soriano of Vancouver looks over three bullet holes, right, in his bathroom Monday afternoon after Clark County sheriff's deputies fired at a suspect Sunday morning that the agency said was armed with a handgun.
Lorenz Soriano of Vancouver looks over three bullet holes, right, in his bathroom Monday afternoon after Clark County sheriff's deputies fired at a suspect Sunday morning that the agency said was armed with a handgun. (Amanda Cowan/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

Clark County Sheriff Chuck Atkins says the county is aggressively working to compensate people or fix the damage to houses that were struck by gunfire in a fatal police shooting Sunday morning at an east Vancouver mobile home park.

Lorenz Soriano, whose bedroom and bathroom were hit by bullets, said his family was given a form Tuesday to document the damage. The family replaced a washer and dryer Monday that were struck, but he said he hopes the county will fix the half-dozen bullet holes.

While Soriano, 21, said he’s glad the county reached out to help, his family is still scared.

Two deputies shot and killed Kfin Karuo, who was in his late 20s, during a high-risk traffic stop as part of an investigation into a previous assault with a firearm. Investigators said Karuo pointed a handgun at pursuing deputies.

He was found dead in Soriano’s family’s driveway at the Oak Creek Mobile Home Park, 5102 N.E. 121st Ave.

The Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team, led by the Vancouver Police Department, is investigating the shooting before turning it over to prosecutors for review.

Atkins said in a written statement Wednesday that he was waiting for more information about the shooting.

“I support the reason for and purpose of having an independent team conduct the investigation, though that means I must likely wait weeks for an initial briefing by that team, and at least several months before their investigation is completed and reviewed by the prosecuting attorney’s office,” he said.

“I am also reluctant to comment on what initial information is before me, as any inaccuracy will lead some to believe that I have falsified or intentionally mischaracterized information,” Atkins added.

The sheriff expressed sympathy for the Karuo family, the involved deputies and the residents in the area.

“I am concerned about the nature of the shooting, and what, if anything, we can learn from this incident,” he stated.

Atkins said his department will also do an internal review of the shooting.

“I know these answers will not come soon enough for me, or others, but that I must trust in the process — and withhold judgment until all the facts have been carefully considered,” he said.

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