Clark County Sheriff Chat Atkins said on Friday that during a drug investigation in suburban Vancouver, the National People’s Congress shot and killed a 21-year-old black man, who then opened fire on police on foot.
Atkins said that the NPC deputies fired back and killed the young Kevin Peterson of Kamath.
Atkins said that a detective from the District Drug Task Force was investigating the 6800 block of the 99 Northeast Highway before 6 pm on Thursday. Atkins said that it was during that investigation that Peterson escaped and shot at the representative when he entered the bank parking lot.
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Atkins said that an independent investigation team in the Southwest Washington area is investigating the shooting. After reading the brief statement, he did not disclose other details.
Peterson was talking on the phone with his partner Olivia Selto when he was shot. Serto said Peterson was running on the phone, and then she heard multiple shots before the phone line was muted. She said she did not know the circumstances that led to the fatal encounter.
The shooting occurred near the Quality Inn and Bank of America on the highway near Northeast 68th Street and the intersection in Hazeldale, Clark County, unregistered. The 99 streets are surrounded by open-air shopping centers and car shops.
Nearly five hours had passed before the sheriff’s office first notified the public. Officials did not disclose at the time that the person who was shot was dead.
Atkins declined to ask questions on Friday, including why the public notice was delayed, how many representatives were involved, who they were or how many guns fired.
Peterson’s father, Kevin Peterson (Kevin Peterson) said that he waited all night at the shooting site, but “it’s been nearly twelve hours until now” that he didn’t have a chance to recognize my son. He said that he had not been told which institution was involved, nor had he received any information about what happened.
The father said: “He is not a problem kid at all.” “He is a good boy. He has no records, nothing. It’s a pity that this happened to him.”
He said that his son is one of six siblings and has played high school basketball and football. Peterson said he was loved by his family.
The father and son are very close, the last time they spoke was on Wednesday. Peterson said he told his son that he was proud of him.
The father said: “He stood up to be a man and took care of his children.”
A witness said that he was driving on Highway 99 when several police cars drove into the bank parking lot. The man only wanted to be identified by his name Dan, because he was worried about strong public opposition.
He said that there was a black man in the parking lot, “just jumping around and looking worried.” He said that the police officer got up, got out of the car with a gun, and quickly opened fire.
He said: “Suddenly, we started to hear the sound of’pop pop pop pop’.” “We don’t know how fast it happened.”
He said that when the police arrived, the man who was shot “looked really scared” and seemed to put his hands in his pockets. He said that the shooting was almost “instantaneous.”
Taylor Lappier, who was driving in the area, did not hear the shooting, but said that when he approached the scene, he saw “about 25 police officers with guns and/or riot shields” around the bank, including those with Vancouver. Police with the police.
Serto said that Kevin Peterson Jr. called her “Thursday Panic.”
She said in a written email to Oregon/Oregon’s live broadcast: “Except that he was running, I don’t know what happened. I heard more than 15 gunshots and then fell.” “I told him, I love him as much as I can and he said it back.” She said, he “made some heartbreaking noises, nothing more.”
She said the phone was muted for about six minutes. She said, and then the police picked it up.
“I’m very sad,” she wrote. The couple has a baby girl, Kailiah Peterson (Kailiah Peterson).
The protesters gathered early on Friday and were at the shooting scene throughout the day. Guarding was planned after dusk as someone condemned the death of another black man at the hands of the police.
The sheriff assured that he will work hard to ensure “a complete and complete independent determination of what happened, how it happened, and what can be learned from this incident.”
He also urged “respect and dignified observance of the funerals in this incident.”
He said: “There is always the possibility of misinformation, suspicion and confusion, and there may be people who wish to sow the seeds of suspicion.” “I insist that all of us will be aware of what is legal and/or illegal, and what is appropriate. And/or inappropriate and what we can learn from this issue as an institution and community.”
R-Clark County US Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler said she was “collecting information about the shooting.” She tweeted: “When we learned about the circumstances surrounding this incident, I urged all of us to remain peaceful and non-violent.”
Beutler’s Democratic opposition, Carolyn Long, said that Southwest Washington “must unite peacefully to achieve the goal of equality and equality for every member of our community for months. The life of black people is also life. This is not a political statement. , But fact.”
Jake Thompson is Peterson’s high school friend. The two graduated from Vancouver Union High School. Thompson said Peterson moved from Portland to Vancouver after graduating from high school.
He said that Peterson is a very good student and has many friends in Portland and Vancouver. He graduated in 2017.
He said that Peterson liked a daughter. “He is very happy to be a female dad,” said Thompson, who lives in New York City.
He said that Peterson’s death was quickly shrouded in politics due to the national movement surrounding the police’s treatment of people of color, but Thompson said he didn’t want Peterson’s life to get lost in these discussions.
He said: “Someone’s life is not political.” “Someone’s body is not political. It is someone who cannot turn back. It is their father who cannot go back, or their boyfriend, son or brother. . This is a loss.”
On Friday afternoon, the white bulletproof pen was tied to the concrete barrier in the parking lot east of the Bank of America. The branch was recently closed due to the reorganization of the entire company.
The 26-year-old Daniel Thompson (Daniel Thompson) is a local resident. He brought a bunch of flowers to the bank and expressed his respect. He didn’t know Peterson.
“This happened in our backyard. Blake Thompson said. “It’s disgusting. “
Thompson said of the police: “They must do better.” “Obviously, something needs to be changed.”
About twenty people gathered on the sidewalk outside the bank with signs: “Police are violent criminals”, “Black Death Penalty Justice” and “Little Kevin Peterson”. The event was organized by Black Vancouver Life in Washington, which was formed after Minneapolis killed George Floyd.
Ryan Welch, a senior at Skyview High School, is one of the co-founders of the group and is now 17.
“I’m sick. I’m sad. I’m not surprised,” Welch said of Peterson’s death. “This may happen here. It does happen here. We are watching.”
Oregonian/OregonLive reporters Samantha Swindler and Kale Williams contributed to this report.
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