VANCOUVER, Wash. – Authorities say a police officer in Vancouver shot a man during a disturbance call at a home on Thanksgiving.
The Columbian reports that Vancouver Police did not identify the 23-year-old man who was shot or say whether his injuries were life-threatening.
Officers were dispatched about 7:04 p.m. after a family member texted 911 to report that their relative was “out of control, and they were afraid he was going to hurt them,” according to the police department.
When officers arrived, the man reportedly causing a disturbance was outside. Police said he retreated inside, was seen moving around the home’s rooms and, at one point, was observed to have armed himself with a baseball bat.
Vancouver police said a mobile crisis team responded to the scene but was unable to de-escalate the situation. Officers used a less-lethal 40 mm device that was ineffective, according to the police department. The man refused to drop the bat.
“He advanced toward officers outside the residence from a recently opened garage door in an apparent attempt to assault them. A Vancouver police officer fired his weapon, hitting the male who was transported to an area hospital,” the police department said.
The officer who fired his weapon has been placed on critical incident leave, which is standard procedure following a police shooting.
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