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Update on Camas officer involved shooting investigation - 03/26/20

Vancouver, Wash. –Investigators from the Regional Major Crimes Team are continuing their investigation of the officer involved shooting that occurred on March 12, 2020 in Camas, Washington. Investigators have completed all the interviews and are currently preparing the case to be forwarded to the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for review.

Further updates will be released when they are available.

 

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Vancouver Police responds to Governor Inslee's "Stay At Home" Order - 03/24/20

Vancouver, Wash. – Governor Inslee’s state-wide stay at home order is now in effect and the Vancouver Police Department will be doing our part to provide education and information to our residents about this order and the importance of compliance.

Vancouver Police have already begun proactive patrols of neighborhoods to help prevent increases of package thefts and property crimes. Officers are also increasing patrols around businesses and patrolling business districts, especially around businesses that have temporarily closed due to the statewide closures.

With the statewide stay at home order now in effect, the Vancouver Police Department will be taking additional measures to ensure citizens are in compliance with this new order:

  • Officers will attempt to educate violators of the order first, from a distance, and in accordance with the six-foot social distancing guidelines. Every effort will be made to gain voluntary compliance with the Governor's order and provide a warning.
  • It is a gross misdemeanor to willfully violate any provision of the order issued by the Governor (RCW 43.06.220, Willful Violation of An Emergency Order or RCW 9A.76.020, Obstructing A Law Enforcement Officer). Criminal citation is a last resort measure and the public is highly encouraged to be aware of the order and voluntarily comply.
  • If businesses are not in compliance, they will also be provided a warning and opportunity to get in compliance. Officers will be documenting interactions with businesses that are out of compliance and referring these reports to the appropriate business licensing agencies for follow up.

Although the Vancouver Police Department continues to respond to calls for service, it is important for community members to call 3-1-1 for non-emergencies and 9-1-1 for emergencies only.  It is imperative for community members to refrain from calling 9-1-1 and overloading the emergency system with non-emergency calls for service. Calls for service are prioritized based on life safety.  If there is an identified safety issue related to the Governor's stay at home order, citizens may call the 3-1-1 non-emergency number. However, citizens are asked to refrain from calling 3-1-1 solely to report incidents of non-compliance in social distancing. The same dispatch center handles both 3-1-1 and 9-11 calls and can quickly get overloaded with calls for non-safety issues.

In an effort to adhere to social distancing safety recommendations, officers may contact citizens by telephone when appropriate.

Following the Governor’s order, Vancouver Police precinct lobbies are now closed to the public, however we remain open for business Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5:00 p.m. to take telephone reports at (360) 487-7500.  For more information on crime reporting visit: https://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/crime-reporting.

For the most current information about the Vancouver Police Department’s response during the COVID-19 pandemic please visit: https://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/vancouver-police-response-given-covid-19-precautions.

 

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Vancouver Police Seek Missing 12 Year Old Girl (Photo) - 03/20/20

Update:

The child has been located and returned home.  

 

 

Vancouver Police Department is requesting the public's assistance in locating Missing 12 year old juvenile, Avah A. Plemmons. Avah was last seen at the 800 block of NE 132nd Ave, Vancouver Wa. at approximately 0200 hours.

Avah is described as 5’5, 120 lbs, shoulder length brown hair, and hazel eyes. Unknown clothing.

The community is requested to call 911 if they know the whereabouts of the listed missing.

Photo Attached.

Case number is 2320-4764

Attached Media Files: Runaway-_12_year_old.jpg
Vancouver Police Investigate Vehicle vs Pedestrian Fatality Collision - 03/20/20

The Vancouver Police Department Traffic Unit is investigating a single pedestrian fatality collision on NE 78th Street in approximately 7800 block.  This occurred at 6 AM.  The driver, a 32 year-old Vancouver resident was transported by ambulance for possible minor injuries.  The 49 year-old pedestrian was determined to be deceased at the scene.  His place of residence has not yet been determined.  The roadway is closed temporarily to morning traffic and drivers are being detoured around the scene.  Driver impairment does not appear to a contributing factor. 

Camas Police Officer involved in shooting identified - 03/18/20

Vancouver, Wash. – On March 12, 2020 at approximately 9:16 p.m., members of the Camas Police Department and Washougal Police Department responded to a call of a disturbance involving a weapon in the area of NE 2nd Avenue and Joy Street.  Upon arrival, Officers made verbal contact with an adult male who was initially non-compliant and was observed to have a handgun.  During the incident, a Camas Police Officer fired his weapon, as did the suspect.  Medical attention was provided at the scene and the suspect was transported to Peace Health Southwest, where he was pronounced dead. 

The deceased has been identified as Edwin L. Glessner, 32 years of age.  The Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office has determined the manner of death to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The involved Camas Police Officer is Steven Forgette, 28.

Officer Forgette was hired by the Camas Police Department November 2015. Officer Forgette is currently assigned to the patrol division and also serves as a member of the Southwest Washington Regional SWAT Team

Per standard department procedure Officer Forgette is on critical incident leave.

The Regional Major Crimes Team, led by the Vancouver Police Department, is continuing its investigation into the incident.

Nothing further is releasable at this time.

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Vancouver Police response given COVID-19 precautions - 03/13/20

Vancouver, Wash. – In an effort to maintain essential public safety functions, and keep our personnel and members of the community safe, we are implementing a few options for call response and reporting that will help us to adhere to the recommendations from the CDC guidelines regarding social distancing.

The Vancouver Police Department is currently responding to all calls for service and will continue to respond in-person to calls where there are life safety issues or if the call for service cannot be handled over the phone. All criminal investigations will continue.

Given the current CDC recommendations, and concerns about the spread of the COVID-19 virus, here are some measures we are implementing:

  • When possible, officers will be contacting members of the public or doing follow-up by telephone.
  • Citizens are encouraged to use telephone reporting, rather than coming to our precincts to file reports. Telephone reports may be made by calling (360) 487-7500, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (excluding holidays). The Vancouver Police Department does not offer online reporting. For more information about crime reporting visit: https://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/crime-reporting
  • We are suspending all ride-a-longs.
  • Community rooms at police facilities will be closed for public gatherings.
  • Police attendance at public events or public meetings will also be canceled and rescheduled for a later date once the social distancing recommendations by the CDC are lifted.
  • If possible, we are requesting that community members voluntarily reschedule or delay coming to police facilities for purposes of CPL applications or fingerprinting.
  • We are also planning for the possibility that our staffing may be impacted if our personnel become ill. We are developing plans to keep patrol functions as a top priority to maintain our ability to be responsive for emergency calls for service should this occur. 
  • We are also increasing cleaning of our work spaces, vehicles and other equipment, to protect our staff and members of the public.

Additional information related to the COVID-19 virus is available on the Clark County Public Health website at:  https://www.clark.wa.gov/public-health

 

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Officer Involved Shooting - Camas PD - 03/13/20

On March 12, 2020 at approximately 2116 hours, members of the Camas Police Department and Washougal Police Department responded to a call of a disturbance involving a weapon in the area of NE 2nd Avenue and Joy Street.  Upon arrival, Officers made verbal contact with an male adult.  The subject was initially non-compliant and was observed to have a handgun.  During the incident, a Camas Police Officer fired his weapon at the suspect.  Medical attention was given a the scene and the suspect was transported to PeaceHealth Southwest, where he was pronounced dead.

The investigation is being conducted by members of the Regional Major Crimes Team.  No further information will be released at this time.  Questions can be referred to Vancouver Police Department PIO, Kim Kapp, during business hours.

Vancouver Police Department Traffic Division Investigates Serious Collision - 03/12/20

Vancouver Police Department is investigating a serious vehicle versus pedestrian collision on NE Andresen in Vancouver.  Andresen is closed between NE Vancouver Mall Drive and NE 58th Street.  The driver, a 28 year old Vancouver resident suffered minor injuries.  The pedestrian, a 49 year-old Vancouver resident suffered serious injuries and is being treated at an area hospital.  At this time, intoxication is not believed to be factor.

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Update: Vancouver Police Seek Missing 12 Year Old Girl (Located) (Photo) - 03/03/20

Located and returned home...

 

Vancouver Police Department is requesting the public's assistance in locating Missing 12 year old juvenile, Avah A. Plemmons. Avah was last seen at the 800 block of NE 132nd Ave, Vancouver Wa.

Avah is described as 5’5, 120 lbs, shoulder length brown hair, and hazel eyes. Avah was last seen wearing black sweatpants with white dots down the side, black hoodie, and white Nike tennis shoes.

The community is requested to call 911 if they know the whereabouts of the listed missing.

Case number is 2320-3804.

Attached Media Files: Avah Plemmons

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