Two people were detained Friday in the shooting death of a Clark County sheriff’s deputy, but one “person of interest” remained at large the next morning, authorities say.
The deputy was shot Friday evening at an apartment complex in Vancouver. He was taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center and later died.
Multiple people fled the scene of the shooting, and two people of interest were ultimately detained, according to Vancouver police. Authorities were searching early Saturday for a third person.
The scene at The Pointe Apartments just east of Interstate 205 was calm Saturday morning, with residents occasionally walking and driving around the complex. The only physical reminders of the night before were a boarded-up apartment window and a police line on a field.
Jessica Alejandro, who’s lived at The Pointe for four years, said she’s never felt as scared in her own home as she did Friday. She was in her living room when she heard gunshots coming from the field outside her window.
“We knew to just get down,” she told The Oregonian/OregonLive. “Gunshots are everywhere nowadays.”
From her window, Alejandro saw someone take their shirt off to cover the deputy’s wound before an ambulance arrived.
She saw a van and Jeep with shattered glass Friday night. Both cars were towed Saturday morning.
Katie Hoen, another resident, said she and her neighbors were outside their apartments for hours watching SWAT officers down the street. She initially thought the shots were fireworks until her 13-year-old son told her otherwise.
“The guns, they scare me, but it’s the people with the guns who scare me more,” she said.
Hoen and other residents heard one big shot and several subsequent muffled ones. She said she’s vigilant about staying safe but will be increasingly aware of her household’s safety moving forward.
“It felt so American that we were trying to fall asleep while we hear the loudspeakers say, ‘Please come out of your apartment with your hands up,’” she said. “I’m just trying to go to bed (when) somebody with a gun (is) just down the way.”
The circumstances of the shooting were not immediately clear, and the deputy who was killed has not been publicly identified. A regional team is investigating the shooting.
“This is a difficult time for the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, law enforcement agencies in Clark County and the surrounding Clark County, Portland metro area,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement late Friday. “Clark County law enforcement appreciates the support and understanding of the community in these tough times.”
U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, whose district includes Clark County, was among those who expressed condolences.
“My heart goes out to the deputy’s family, friends, and fellow law enforcement officers,” she said on Facebook. “God bless our men and women in blue who continue to lay their lives on the line to protect our communities.