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Vancouver man arrested after fight at Hazel Dell apartment

By , Columbian staff writer

A Vancouver man was allegedly caught with a stolen gun after Clark County sheriff’s deputies responded to a fight Monday evening at an apartment complex in Hazel Dell.

Deputies responded at about 7:15 p.m. to the Rolling Creek Apartments, 7301 N.E. 13th Ave. As deputies approached the apartment, a man emerged with a handgun, according to an agency news release. Deputies said they saw the man cock the gun before he ran back inside.

More deputies and officers from the Vancouver Police Department responded to negotiate with the man to surrender. Three people eventually came out of the apartment, including the man deputies saw with the handgun, the news release states.

Officers determined the man, identified as Dyami E. Cortez, 20, was in a fight with another person who already had left the complex when deputies arrived, the sheriff’s office said. Cortez was allegedly coming outside to confront the person when he saw deputies and went back inside.

Deputies searched the apartment and found a gun hidden behind the couch that matched the one they saw Cortez holding, according to a probable cause affidavit. The serial number on the gun showed it was reported stolen out of Vancouver.

Cortez has previous convictions for first-degree assault and robbery and is prohibited from having firearms, court records state.

He appeared Tuesday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of possession of a stolen firearm and first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm. His bail was set at $15,000, and he is scheduled to be arraigned June 3, court records show.

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