Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Vancouver Police Officers involved in shooting identified

VANCOUVER POLICE OFFICERS INVOLVED IN SHOOTING IDENTIFIED


News Release from Vancouver Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: June 7th, 2017 2:45 PM
Vancouver, Wash. -- On June 6, 2017, at approximately 2:20 p.m., Vancouver Police responded to a bank robbery at the IQ Credit Union at 15705 NE Fourth Plain Blvd. A male subject wearing a ski mask, ran into the bank carrying a rifle and robbed the bank of an undisclosed amount of money. The suspect fled the bank and was seen getting into a white vehicle. Responding officers saw the white vehicle in a nearby parking lot and saw the suspect get into a second vehicle and drive away. Officers attempted a traffic stop and a pursuit ensued. Officers initiated a PIT maneuver with the suspect vehicle and shots were exchanged between the suspect and the officers. The suspect was shot and is deceased. His information is not being released at this time.

The Vancouver Police Officers involved in in the shooting are Corporal James Burgara, 55; Officer Erik Jennings, 45; and Detective Richard Rich, 46.

Corporal James Burgara was hired by the Vancouver Police Department in July1998. He was previously employed by the Sacramento County Sheriff's Office from 1983-1986 and the Clark County Sheriff's Office from 1986-1998. Corporal Burgara has worked in patrol and was a Vancouver Police K-9 Officer from 2001-2004. He was promoted to Corporal in 2007. Corporal Burgara took over his current assignment in 2014 as a Neighborhood Police Officer for East Precinct, District 4.

Officer Erik Jennings was hired by the Vancouver Police Department in 2000. He was previously employed by the Garden City, Kansas Police Department from 1996-2000. Officer Jennings has worked in patrol, and in 2012 was assigned to the East Precinct Neighborhood Response Team. He moved into his current assignment in 2014 as a Neighborhood Police Officer for East Precinct, District 3.

Detective Richard Rich was hired by the Vancouver Police Department in 2005. He was previously employed by the Forest Grove Oregon Police Department from 1996-1998 and the Battle Ground Police Department from 1998-2003. Officer Rich held assignments in the Vancouver Police Department Background Unit and Patrol before moving into his current assignment in 2014 as a Detective for the East Precinct Neighborhood Response Team.

Following standard department protocol, all the involved officers are on critical incident leave.

The investigation by the Regional Major Crimes Team is continuing. No further information on the investigation is available at this time.



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