Residents of a Vancouver mobile home park were awakened early Sunday by what sounded like crashing, then flashes of rapid-fire gunshots before they found he was shot and killed by sheriffs deputies lying in oblivion.
Several Clark County sheriffs deputies fatally shot an armed man after an attempted traffic stop turned into a car chase around 2:20 p.m., according to the sherriff's office.
The driver was wanted on suspicion of first-degree assault with a gun and fled the stop, according to police.
Deputy Sheriffs deputies forced the fleeing, four-door white SUV to stop a tactical maneuver on Northeast 49th Street, between 119th and 122nd avenues.
According to the sheriffs office, police chasing the suspect vehicle bumped a rear corner of the fleeing SUV to force it to spin and come to halt.
The suspects white SUV jumped a curb and appeared to spin, before ending up on sand dunes off 49th Street.
According to the sheriffs office and witnesses, the driver got out of the vehicle, armed with a handgun, and ran into 'a mobile home park'.
Residents of the nearby Oak Creek Mobile Home Park heard what sounded like a crash, followed by numerous gunshots.
Taurino Sepulvada said he was awakened and heard about 14 gunshots in three distinct rapid-fire bursts.
Shemeah Soriano, 20, was playing a video game in her familys living room when she heard the gunshots. She stated that the gunshots were intense after she removed her headphones.
She got up from her chair and noticed a dozen bullets had hit her familys mobile home.
There were 11 bullet holes in the bathroom alone: four above and around the toilet, and four more in shower.
Another bullet entered a bedroom and passed through the door into the living room. If it had kept traveling at the same speed, it could have struck Soriano in the back if she had remained seated at a computer playing video games. Soriano ran to her grandmothers bedroom and the two sat on the floor until the gunfire ended.
Its a miracle nobody was hit, said Tersita Lanoria, Sorianos grandmother, as she pointed out each of the bullet holes in their mobile home Sunday afternoon.
The 20-year-old said she called 911. She was told to stay inside with her grandmother, but she was not.
They soon learned that the man who was shot and killed by police lay bleeding in their driveway.
According to photos shared to The Oregonian/OregonLive, the mans torso appeared to be under the front of their parked car, his head beside the rear right tire.
According to the photographs, the unidentified man, a person of color, was naked, wearing red pants and sleeveless sweatshirts. The man who was killed has yet to be identified by police.
Some nearby residents said they heard officers shouting on a megaphone, Come out with your hands up, youre under arrest!
Sgt. Brent Waddell, a sheriffs spokesman, stated in he only stated that the suspect left the vehicle with armed handguns and failed to comply with deputies.
According to Waddell, a deputy or deputies shot and killed the man, who was found with savagely wounded.
Cony Ramirez, Sorianos mother, who was not home at the time of the shooting but has since examined the damage, said she's outraged that what appeared to be shots fired by sheriff s officers have ravaged her home.
She said she wondered what the officers were thinking when they fired towards a number of, occupied mobile homes.
They must be accountable, she added. This is unacceptable.
What would have happened if someone had died in our home? she added. Were very frustrated. I want them to pay for what happened. They have to do better. Were just extremely thankful that no one was hurt inside.
Soriano and Lanoria said they couldn't sleep after the early-morning shooting because of the trauma.
Waddell did not respond to questions about the gunshots that hit at least two mobile homes.
One resident who moved to the mobile home park just a week earlier said one shot entered her home and she hit the floor, where she stayed for about 15 minutes as she heard more gunfire. The bullet bounced around her home, leaving her with seven holes, she said.
The sheriff's office did not identify the man killed or explain how many officers fired shots. According to Waddell, the involved deputies were placed on paid leave while an investigation by the Southwest Washington Regional Independent Investigation Team is pending.
Two separate lawsuits have been filed by the families of two Black men, both of whom were shot and killed by sheriffs deputies in the last year.
Jenoah Donald, 30, an unarmed Black man, was shot and killed by a Clark County sheriffs deputy on Feb. 4 in Hazel Dell after an attempted traffic stop. He died eight days later after being shot once in the head. A team of Washington prosecutors determined that the shooting was justified. Kevin Peterson Jr., a Clark County sheriff's depute, was shot and killed on Oct. 29, 2020, during an undercover drug sting by another Clark county sherriffs deputy. A Washington state prosecutor ruled that Peterson's killing was justified and reprehensible.
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