According to emergency radio traffic tracked by The Columbian on Tuesday in the Heights Shopping Center parking lot in central Vancouver, one individual was killed in a police shooting.
About 30 minutes after a traffic stop was recorded at 5:29 p.m. near 6701 E. Mill Plain Blvd., a shooting took place there. If the two instances are related is unknown.
Police reported that a suspect had a pistol, according to emergency radio chatter, and then just before 6 o’clock that evening, shots were fired.
At 5:48 p.m., medical assistance was requested, and those on the scene started CPR. According to an emergency radio transmission, the person was pronounced deceased at 5:52 p.m. The person who was shot’s identity wasn’t immediately known.
The Clark County Sheriff’s Office and the Vancouver Police Department were there.
Social media users shared a video of officers sprinting through the parking lot while brandishing their weapons. Then, someone can be heard yelling, “He has a gun!” A few seconds later, additional gunshots can be heard and what appears to be another police fires their weapon.
When a Columbian reporter arrived, a large portion of the parking lot was blocked by crime scene tape. To prevent the public from seeing the body, police built a barrier. Near a Vancouver police car, some distance from the location where the officer can be seen discharging their weapon in the video, evidence markers were set.
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.