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Evidence submitted to Washington State Patrol Crime Lab from Brush Prairie site where Clark County sheriff’s deputies fatally shot man

Southwest Washington Independent Investigation Team investigating shooting

By Becca Robbins, Columbian staff reporter
Published: February 27, 2024, 5:39pm

Investigators said Tuesday they have submitted evidence to the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab they seized from the Brush Prairie property where Clark County sheriff’s deputies fatally shot a man.

The Southwest Washington Independent Investigation Team, led by the Vancouver Police Department, is investigating the shooting, which was reported at 1:24 a.m. Feb. 20 at 12521 N.E. 152nd Ave.

Investigators are waiting on the results from DNA and firearms testing at the crime lab, according to a Tuesday update from Vancouver police.

On Friday, police said investigators located firearms near the man who was shot, who the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office identified as Jonathan Gale, 53, of Brush Prairie. Gale died from multiple gunshot wounds to his torso. He was killed outside of his RV on the property, the medical examiner’s office said.

Deputies went to the house shortly after midnight following a 911 call from a woman who said she was concerned for her mother’s safety, the sheriff’s office previously said.

When deputies arrived, a woman told them she had been held against her will and sexually assaulted by a man, whom she said had a gun, according to Vancouver police.

The sheriff’s office previously said the man was believed to be a family member, but investigators have not publicly confirmed the relationship.

When deputies tried to detain Gale, he pulled out what appeared to be a firearm, the sheriff’s office previously said, and deputies shot him. They provided him aid until medical personnel arrived and later pronounced the man dead, the sheriff’s office said.

The woman was taken to an area hospital to be evaluated, Vancouver police said Friday.

Five deputies were placed on critical incident leave, which is standard protocol. The investigation team has not released their names.

Deputies’ body-worn cameras captured the incident, the sheriff’s office said, and the footage will be released, but the agency has not said when that will be.

Once the investigation is complete, it will be sent to the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for review.

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