Wrong-way driver eludes Vancouver police in shootout


Police say they do not believe there to be any threat to the public

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A wrong-way driver suspected of shooting at police officers and a woman he’s involved with remains on the loose after crossing from Vancouver into Portland early Tuesday morning.

The incident began around 1 a.m. when a Vancouver police officer saw 2 cars near the intersection of E. Fourth Plain and Grand boulevards and believed they were shooting at each other. Both cars drove through the intersection, but one driver turned and began going in the wrong direction on E. Fourth Plain, police said.

The driver kept going the wrong way and a pursuing police officer believed the man fired a bullet at him. The officer—who suffered minor injuries from flying glass—fired back, authorities said.

“The suspect then gets on I-5 southbound but driving in the northbound lanes,” said Vancouver Police Department spokesperson Kim Kapp.

The man crossed into Oregon and the Vancouver police officer stopped at Jantzen Beach for treatment of his injuries.

The other driver, a woman, followed the chase and also pulled into Jantzen Beach to talk with police. She told authorities she and the man were in a relationship.

“That’s when police learned the suspect and the woman were in some kind of domestic relationship,” Kapp said. “Police departments all around the area have been reporting a spike in domestic violence calls in recent weeks.”

The man’s car was found back in Washington near the VA Hospital when the Southwest Washington Regional SWAT unit swept the area. But the driver—whom authorities say they’ve identified—was not located. Investigators don’t believe there’s any threat to the public.

The involved officer was not seriously injured but has been placed on critical incident leave.

This is an active investigation. Vancouver police would like to hear from any witnesses. You can call Det. Jason Mills at 360.487.7425.

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