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One dead in police shooting in central Vancouver shopping center parking lot

Shooting caught on video posted to social media

By The Columbian
Published: May 30, 2023, 8:30pm
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Clark County Sheriffs Office and Vancouver Police Department vehicles sit around police tape on Tuesday, May 30, 2023, at the site of a fatal shooting in the Heights Shopping Center parking lot.
Clark County Sheriffs Office and Vancouver Police Department vehicles sit around police tape on Tuesday, May 30, 2023, at the site of a fatal shooting in the Heights Shopping Center parking lot. (Taylor Balkom/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

One person is dead in a Tuesday police shooting in the parking lot of the Heights Shopping Center in central Vancouver, according to emergency radio traffic monitored by The Columbian.

The shooting occurred about a half-hour after a traffic stop was reported at 5:29 p.m. near 6701 E. Mill Plain Blvd. It’s unclear if the two incidents are connected.

According to emergency radio traffic, police reported a suspect had a gun, and then a report of shots fired was heard shortly before 6 p.m.

Medical was called at 5:48 p.m., and personnel on scene were performing CPR. The subject was declared dead at 5:52 p.m., according to emergency radio traffic. The identity of the person shot was not immediately available.

The Vancouver Police Department and Clark County Sheriff’s Office were on scene.

In a video posted to social media, officers, with their guns drawn, can be seen running through the parking lot. Someone is then heard calling out, “He has a gun!” A few seconds later, what appears to be another officer is seen firing their weapon, and multiple gunshots can be heard.

Crime scene tape was blocking a swath of the parking lot when a Columbian reporter arrived. Police erected a barrier to block the view of the body from the public. Evidence markers were placed near a Vancouver police vehicle, a distance away from where the officer can be seen firing their weapon in the video.

This isn’t the first shooting in that shopping center parking lot this year. A confrontation that resulted in a shooting left one person dead in March. Two people have been arrested in connection with that shooting.

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