Surveillance video shows fight leading up to deputy shooting man
Home surveillance video captured the struggle between a Clark County sheriff’s deputy and a man, moments before the deputy opened fire, wounding the man Wednesday.
The deputy responded to a disturbance call in the 11500 block of Northeast 126th Avenue at about 2 p.m.
The video, which is silent, shows the deputy getting out of his patrol vehicle while a man lies on the hood of a car in the driveway of a home.
The deputy takes his time. He walks toward the man while putting on his gloves. As the deputy approaches the front of the car, the man sees him, slides off the hood of the car and immediately grabs for the deputy’s throat and neck.
An intense struggle that lasts about 35 seconds ensues. The man gets the deputy in a headlock. The deputy struggles to get the upper hand, eventually getting the man in his own headlock and forcing him to the ground. The struggle continues. Finally, the deputy breaks free with his gun drawn.
It's not clear in the video when the deputy fires his gun.
Before the confrontation with the deputy, the surveillance video captured a fight between the man and another man in the driveway. The residents didn't want to speak on camera with KATU News Wednesday but they shared the video with the TV station.
The man, who is known to the family, arrives and starts a fight with the other man, leaving that man bloodied. The injured man retreats into the house. After that, the visitor appears to smash windows and talk to himself before lying down on the hood of his car. He is apparently asleep for 10 minutes before the deputy arrives.
The sheriff's office isn't saying yet how many times the man was shot by the deputy.
"I don’t have any of those details," said spokesman Sgt. Fred Neiman. "I don’t know what his medical condition is now. I don’t know how many times he was struck. I do know he was struck by gunfire from the officer’s side arm."
Neither the deputy nor the man have been identified.
The deputy was not seriously hurt. The man was taken to the hospital. His condition was unknown Wednesday night.
The home's residents believe the man who was shot has been dealing with a number of personal problems.
As for neighbors, one told KATU he wasn't surprised by what happened. Joel King, who lives across the street, said people often came and went from the home, which was occasionally visited by police.
"Foot traffic, cars, the same car five, six times a day over and over and over. It’s been a pretty crazy place for years really," he said.
Another neighbor described the homes' residents as nice people in a quiet neighborhood.
"They pretty much keep to themselves, pretty friendly," said Jerry Turner, who lives next door to the home where the shooting happened. "It’s pretty unusual; it’s pretty quiet out here; it’s a nice neighborhood. Peaceful. Nobody bothers anybody, so it’s kind of alarming in a way."
Vancouver Police Major Crimes Unit is investigating the shooting, as is standard protocol with officer-involved shootings.