PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Two people are dead in what officials said may be a murder-suicide in Vancouver.
Monday night, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office responded to a house in Northeast Vancouver after two juvenile girls reported that their stepfather had shot their mother and then himself.
Upon arriving, deputies said they found the girls, ages 12 and 16, unharmed but inside the home, they found a man with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound and a woman who had been shot.
The man was declared dead at the scene and the woman was later declared dead at a hospital. The two girls have been placed with family members.
The man and woman were later identified as James Jordan, 45, and Erica Jordan, 46. Officials say the couple was married but estranged.
Due to a protection order, James was prohibited from coming within 1,000 feet of Erica’s residence. According to records, there have been multiple arrests and protection orders against James, with the most recent coming on Oct. 11, 2022. He was also arrested for violating the order on April 4, officials say.
Authorities said that they believe James forced his way into the residence on Monday and shot Erica before shooting himself.
Clark County officials said the case is being investigated as a murder-suicide and there is no risk to the public.