Shooting shootings were reported around midnight Saturday during a protest in Vancouver, Wash., After a 21-year-old black man was shot dead by a police chief just outside the city on Thursday night.
No one was injured during Saturday’s shooting, according to a Twitter announcement posted by Sergio Olmos, an Oregon Public Broadcasting reporter. It is not clear whether any suspects have been detained in connection with the shooting.
Vancouver, Wash., A city with about 190,000 residents, is located just across the Columbia River from Portland, Ore., And is the fourth largest city in the state of Washington. It is not to be confused with Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, a much larger city of some 675,000 residents located almost 500 miles north.
Videos posted on social media earlier on Saturday show police in riot-proofing the streets of Vancouver, Wash., Dismissing a crowd after midnight local time.
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On Friday night, about 1,000 people gathered in downtown Vancouver to commemorate the man who was killed on Thursday, who was identified as Kevin Peterson Jr., according to Oregon’s FOX 12.
The crowd included some of Peterson’s former teachers and his elementary school principal, the report said.
“We’re tired of our people dying. They don’t have to kill people, you can just stop someone without killing them,” a watch attendee told the crowd, FOX 12 said. believe.
According to the station, a small group of people with American and Trump flags engaged in a small confrontation with some vigilance attendees.
Peterson was killed in Hazel Dell, an unincorporated area just outside Vancouver, authorities said.
Just before 6 p.m. on Thursday, law enforcement officers approached Peterson’s car outside a motel because he was suspected of selling drugs, the Southwest Washington Independent Investigation Response Group said today. Friday, according to FOX 12.
Peterson initially jogged on foot and is believed to have displayed a gun, causing the officers to step back. But when they met again shortly after, three Clark County sheriffs fired at Peterson, leading to his death, FOX 12 reported.
Portland’s KOIN-TV reports that investigators found a 23-caliber, 40-caliber pistol from Glock near where Peterson was killed.
Clark County Sheriff Chuck Atkins said on Friday Peterson opened fire on deputies, but members of the investigative team did not immediately confirm that.
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Officers involved in the shootings were suspended from administration, a common practice following an incident that resulted in officers using their weapons. The investigation is continuing.
In a statement on Friday, the sheriff admitted that many details from the incident were still unclear, KOIN reported. He warned of “false information, suspicion and confusion” before all the facts were known and pledged “accountability and transparency” related to the case.