Kevin E. Peterson Jr., 21, dies just after becoming shot by sheriff’s deputies in Hazel Dell

“I have a assertion, and a commitment, that I want to make to the community and to the family of a younger man who missing his existence past evening.

I will start by telling you that there is a ton about this circumstance that I really do not know. Below I-940 and the state regulation requirements of an independent investigation, all of which I aid – it is not my investigation and that means I am waiting around along with you to discover about a lot of the aspects. Listed here is what I do know:

Just just before 6PM on previous evening, detectives from the Clark/Vancouver Drug Undertaking Pressure were being conducting a narcotics investigation in the 6800 block of NE Hwy 99. A foot pursuit ensued in which deputies from the Clark County Sheriff’s Place of work ended up chasing a male with a firearm. The data I have is that upon getting into the parking large amount of a lender, the person reportedly fired his weapon at the deputies. The deputies returned fire and the subject matter was tragically killed. It is my comprehension that the man’s firearm was observed at the scene.

The push is reporting that the family members has recognized the youthful man involved as Kevin E. Peterson, Jr. It’s crucial to relate that the decline of a younger man’s everyday living possible means there is a grieving father, mom and other spouse and children. It is correct and accurate that the neighborhood would grieve together with this loved ones. Though I have not spoken with the deputies concerned in this matter, I am assured that they are upset at the unfortunate outcome of this encounter. I can say that our agency is grieving as is the Peterson spouse and children and the community. Washington Point out independent investigation protocols have to have the designation of a regulation enforcement liaison to Mr. Peterson’s loved ones. It is my determination to take part as much as I can in making certain that there is a finish, extensive independent willpower of what transpired, how it occurred and what can be figured out from this incident. I imagine that it is important that the family members be held up-to-date as considerably as certainly feasible.

As the group grieves, I contact for there to be a respectful and dignified observance of the reduction of lifestyle in this matter. There is usually the possible for misinformation, doubt and confusion – and there may be those people who want to sow seeds of question. I insist that we will ALL master in time what was lawful and/or illegal, what was proper and/or improper and what we as an agency and community can master from this matter.

I am dedicated to the accountability and transparency envisioned of this neighborhood and by condition regulation and stand organized to do my component as Sheriff in viewing that performed. That reported, this make any difference was turned above to the Southwest Washington Unbiased Investigation Workforce past night time and is being led by the Camas Police Office for this incident.

Struggle Ground Police Main Mike Fort will be placing out more information releases relating to facts of the investigation.  No further details is currently being unveiled now, and I am not using any thoughts at this time.”