Police officer shoots and kills man near Vancouver waterfront

According to the Vancouver Police Department, the man, who owned an “aggressive” dog, pointed “what appeared to be a gun” at a police officer, who shot him.

VANCOUVER, Washington. — A man is dead after being shot by a Vancouver police officer Saturday afternoon.

According to the Vancouver Police Department (VPD), at approximately 1:45 p.m., police responded to a call regarding a man with a German Shepherd who was running at large and had bitten at least one person, who then informed police that he was seeking medical treatment. bite wounds. Police also said the man was “described as having a gun” and walking west on the trail near the river.

Around 2:59 p.m., police saw the man and dog in the area of ​​Columbia Avenue and Columbia Way. The dog then tried to bite a person, the VPD reported.

When officers approached, the man “displayed what appeared to be a firearm and pointed it at one of the officers.” A police officer, who has not yet been identified, then shot the man, who died at the scene, despite medical assistance.

The dog remained “aggressive” toward emergency personnel and “ultimately was tied to a dumpster to prevent further injury to the dog,” VPD said. The dog was then transported to the Humane Society.

No officers were injured during the encounter.

Parts of North Columbia Street are currently closed.

Per standard protocol, two Vancouver officers are now on critical incident leave, and the incident is being investigated by the Southwest Washington Independent Investigation Team (SWIIRT), led by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, VPD said. Body cameras and dash cams will be reviewed and released later.

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