Vancouver police shoot and kill man said to be armed with knife

By Troy Brynelson (OPB)
Jan. 10, 2022 7:07 p.m.

The Vancouver Police Department said the man confronted officers with the knife. The agency hasn’t released any information about the man killed.

The Vancouver Police Department shot and killed a man early Sunday morning while responding to a disturbance at a mobile home park.

According to the police department, a resident called 911 around 12:25 a.m. concerning a “male acquaintance” armed with knives inside a unit. An agency spokesperson said officers believed the man also tried to start a fire.


In a statement, the agency said the man eventually “confronted officers with a knife.” At least one officer fired a 40 millimeter, less-lethal round at the man.

“But unfortunately the officers had to deploy their firearms to stop the suspect from harming anyone,” Vancouver spokesperson Kim Kapp wrote in a statement. “The suspect was transported to an area hospital but did not survive.”


Kapp wrote that four officers are on paid leave, including the officer who fired the less-lethal round.

The agency statement does not say if all four officers fired their guns. It also does not name the officers or provide any details about the person killed.

The caller, police said, and others at the mobile home park had “locked themselves in their bedroom” during the 911 call. Among them were two children. They were able to escape through windows before officers arrived, police said.

It’s unclear if the man did start a fire. The agency’s statement said “it was believed the suspect had started a fire inside the home,” and that “police did smell something burning” at the scene. Further details were not immediately available.

The fatal shooting Sunday, which occurred in Vancouver’s North Image neighborhood, is the second police killing in that area since October. Two Clark County Sheriff’s deputies shot and killed 28-year-old Kfin Karuo about a mile away on Oct. 17.

The fatal shooting is also the third in the last 12 months. Prior to Karuo’s death, a deputy shot and killed 30-year-old Jenoah Donald during a traffic stop in the unincorporated community of Hazel Dell.