Vancouver man fatally shot by police is identified


The Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the man who was fatally shot by police early Sunday morning as 26-year-old Vancouver resident Kfin Karuo.

According to the medical examiner’s office, Karuo died from a gunshot wound to the torso. The cause of death was listed as homicide. According to a release from the Vancouver Police Department, Karuo was shot after his vehicle was immobilized in the area of Northeast 122nd Avenue and Northeast 49th Street following a police pursuit.

According to VPD, at around 2:30 a.m. Oct. 17, Clark County sheriff’s deputies attempted to stop Karuo’s vehicle as officers had probable cause to arrest him for first-degree assault with a handgun. Karuo did not stop and officers pursued. Sheriff’s deputies stopped Karuo’s vehicle with a pursuit intervention technique, after which he pointed a handgun at deputies, according to VPD’s release. Officers then fired at Karuo.

Karuo, still armed, fled on foot, the VPD release stated, and was found a short distance from his vehicle, dead, with the gun still in his hand and finger on the trigger.

Two deputies from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office have been placed on critical incident leave due to their involvement in the shooting, the release stated.

The shooting investigation is being conducted by members from the Vancouver, Battle Ground and Camas police departments under the Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team, the release stated, as well as two non law enforcement community members.

The investigation is ongoing and regular updates will be released at least once a week, the release stated.


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