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‘Suspicious person’ on Clark College campus prompts lockdown

By Jessica Prokop The Columbian

Clark College briefly went into an emergency lockdown Friday afternoon after a man called 911 to report that he was armed and had killed two police officers on campus, according to the Vancouver Police Department.

The suspect, identified as 22-year-old Damian Daniel Rodriguez, was not armed, and no officers or civilians were injured, Vancouver police Cpl. Holly Musser said Friday evening.

Rodriguez reportedly used someone’s cellphone on campus to make the call. He claimed he had two firearms and knives – though other witnesses did not report seeing any weapons – and threatened to kill responding officers. He said he had already killed two officers, Musser said.

Vancouver police then alerted the college to a suspicious person on campus who may have a firearm.

The college went into lockdown shortly before 3:30 p.m., tweeting, “This is not a drill,” in all capital letters. About 10 minutes later, the lockdown was lifted, and the college tweeted, “The emergency condition is over. You may return to normal activities.”

Musser said Rodriguez may have suffered minor injuries while being detained and received medical treatment. He was later booked into the Clark County Jail on suspicion of two counts of third-degree assault.

Rodriguez is set to appear Monday in Clark County Superior Court, according to the jail roster.

It does not appear he is associated with the college, Musser said.

“As an additional follow-up on the lockdown, we know these events are traumatic. Remember that students have access to free mental health counseling at our (Counseling and Health Center),” a follow-up tweet from the college read.

Records show that Rodriguez in February had appeared in Clark County Superior Court in a domestic violence case.

He allegedly threatened to kill the victim and her dogs. The alleged victim reported that Rodriguez has schizophrenia, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

The case was later exonerated in superior court and sent to district court. Rodriguez pleaded guilty in March to fourth-degree domestic violence assault and was given credit for 30 days served and a two-year suspended sentence of 334 days, court records show.

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