Police shoot, kill 16-year-old armed with knife in Vancouver

Clayton Joseph - Photo from family members

A 16-year-old died in the hospital after he was shot by a police officer in Vancouver late Tuesday night, police officials said.

Police were called out about 11 p.m. on reports of a disturbance involving a man and a woman at Sterling Heights Apartments at 1221 S.E. Ellsworth Road.

While officers were on their way to the scene, witnesses told 9-1-1 dispatchers that two males got into a fight in the parking lot of the apartment complex, and said both were possibly armed.

One of them "brandished a knife at the officers" and did not comply when they asked him to drop his weapon, police said.

One officer fired his weapon, shooting the 16-year-old.

He was taken to a hospital, where he later died of his injury.

A family friend identified the teenager as Clayton Joseph. The Evergreen School District confirmed he was a student at Evergreen High School.

"It's just sad," said neighbor Tracy Brainard. "I mean, that's what happens these days. Lower income families living in that apartment complex, and it's a little bit of trouble, but they're kids. They get in trouble. But it's just sad."

No officers were hurt, police said.

Investigators with the Clark County Sheriff's Office spent the morning gathering evidence from the shooting along the sidewalk on the north side of the apartment complex.

Vancouver police said the sheriff's office will handle the shooting investigation since it involved a Vancouver police officer.

Authorities have not identified the officer who fired.

The officer was put on leave, which is standard procedure for officers following a shooting.

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