Sheriff’s Office: Man aimed gun at deputies before being shot


Man killed by deputies identified as 27-year-old Kfin Karuo

The gun that Clark County Sheriff’s Office said an armed suspect pointed at deputies. (CCSO)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Authorities have identified a man who was shot and killed by Clark County deputies over the weekend after he allegedly led the deputies on a chase and then pointed a gun at them after his vehicle was stopped.

Police confirmed to KOIN 6 that the man killed by Clark County deputies Sunday was 27-year-old Kfin Karuo.

In a press release sent out Tuesday, which contained new details not immediately available when KOIN 6 reported on the shooting Sunday, CCSO said the man tried to flee on foot after deputies used a “PIT,” or “pursuit intervention technique,” maneuver to stop Karuo’s car during a traffic stop near Northeast 122nd Avenue and Northeast 49th Street just before 2:30 a.m. on Sunday.

Authorities said the deputies were trying to stop the “vehicle associated with a person they had probable cause to arrest” on a charge of first-degree assault with a handgun, and a chase started when the driver, identified on Tuesday as Karuo, didn’t stop during the initiated traffic stop.

When Karuo’s vehicle was stopped using the PIT maneuver, Clark County authorities claim Karuo pointed a gun at the deputies, who then opened fire on him. Karuo then ran away on foot and was found dead a short distance away from his car, according to authorities.

Deputies claim that when they found Karuo dead, he still had a gun in his hand and his finger on the trigger.

An investigation is underway, police said, and is being led by the Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team. As part of SWIIR, two community members not involved in law enforcement are working alongside detectives from the Vancouver, Battleground and Camas police departments.

The two deputies have been placed on critical incident leave, CCSO said; however, their names have not been released.

KOIN 6 will update this coverage as more information becomes available.

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