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Kevin Peterson was killed in a police shooting on Thursday fired a gun at officers first, Clark County Sheriff’s Office said on Friday.
Family members confirmed to KATU News that Peterson was the man killed on Thursday night in the Hazel Dell area.
He was 21 years old.
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The shooting happened at around 6 p.m. and a large police presence was visible along Highway 99 north of Northeast 68th Street.
The sheriff’s office says the local drug task force was conducting a narcotics investigation which eventually led to a pursuit on foot.
Sheriff Chuck Atkins said on Friday that deputies were chasing a man with a gun and upon arriving at the bank parking lot, the man in question reportedly fired at deputies first. When deputies returned fire, the man was killed, the official said on Friday.
“It is my understanding that the man’s firearm was observed at the scene,” Sheriff Atkins said.
Family members later identified the dead man as Peterson.
All three deputies were placed on administrative leave, as is standard practice in police shootings.
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A few dozen protesters gathered in the area after the shooting on Thursday.
A vigil is planned in Vancouver for Friday evening and the shooting victim’s family tells KATU News that they plan to attend.
Battle Ground Police Department Chief Mike Fort, the spokesman for the Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team investigating the shooting, said a .40-caliber Glock 23 gun was found near Peterson.
In a news release, Fort said deputies and officers from the Regional Drug Task Force office tried to contact a man suspected of selling illegal drugs in the parking lot of the Quality Inn motel. The man was alone in a car and ran away when deputies and officers approached him.
Deputies and officers gave chase but Fort said they backed off when the man produced a handgun.
A litter later, three deputies spotted the man and all three of them fired their handguns.
In Fort’s account, he did not mention Peterson firing at the deputies.