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40-year-old Vancouver man fatally shot by police on Andresen Road identified

He was reportedly pointing a gun at people before the shooting

By Amy Libby, Columbian Web Editor
Published: June 20, 2024, 12:50pm

The man fatally shot by Vancouver police early Monday was identified by the Clark County Medical Examiner as a 40-year-old Vancouver man.

Jonathan West Nelson died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds, according to a Thursday statement from the medical examiner’s office.

No other updates have been provided since the Monday shooting in central Vancouver.

Just before 1 a.m. in the 2800 block of Northeast Andresen Road, several people flagged down a Vancouver police officer to report a man had pointed a gun at them near the parking lot of McDonald’s, according to a news release from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, which is leading the shooting investigation.

According to dispatch logs, officers developed probable cause for first-degree assault, the sheriff’s office said.

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Additional officers rushed to the area and found Nelson walking south in the 2400 block of Northeast Andresen Road. An officer turned his police dog onto Nelson when he refused commands to stop.

Four officers fired and hit Nelson after he pointed what appeared to be a gun at them, investigators said. The officers gave him medical aid, but he was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

During the incident, the police dog was shot in the tail. He underwent surgery on his tail at an emergency veterinary hospital, according to the Vancouver Police Department.

Other than the Vancouver K-9, no other officers were injured.

The names of the four officers have not been released. As is standard in police shootings, the officers are now on critical incident leave.

The SW Washington Independent Investigation Response Team, led by the sheriff’s office, will investigate the shooting. Video footage from the officers’ body cameras will be released later.

The shooting was the second fatal police shooting in Vancouver this month. Vancouver police fatally shot and killed 43-year-old Vadim V. Sashchenko on June 8 while responding to a call about an aggressive dog.