VANCOUVER Wash. — The office of the prosecuting attorney in Clark County has reached the conclusion that the officer who fatally shot off-duty Vancouver cop Donald Sahota was operating in “good faith” and that the officer will not be charged with a criminal offense. On January 29, 2021, a Clark County deputy shot and killed Sahota outside of his home in Battle Ground. The deputy had confused Sahota for a fleeing robbery suspect named Julio Cesar Segura, who was 20 years old.
According to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Segura committed a robbery at a convenience shop before leading deputies from Clark County on a chase that ended at Sahota’s residence in Battle Ground. According to CCSO, Sahota left his residence and made an attempt to apprehend Segura, who got belligerent throughout the encounter. During the battle, Sahota was stabbed multiple times and lost control of the weapon he was holding. According to the officials, a deputy with the CCSO made a mistake and confused Sahota for the suspect before shooting and killing him.
The Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office announced on Thursday that they had reached the conclusion that, in accordance with the laws of Washington, the officer who shot Sahota would not be subject to any criminal charges. According to a statement written by the office of the state’s attorney general, “Washington law states that an officer shall not be held criminally liable for the use of deadly force when the use of deadly force is in ‘good faith.'” In addition, the agency indicated that because Segura was facing criminal charges and the trial was still ongoing, additional information about the case would not be released.
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In North Salmon Creek on Wednesday afternoon, a man allegedly shot and injured his wife and infant before killing himself. The family has not yet been identified by authorities. According to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, the mother and child were both rushed to nearby hospitals for treatment of their gunshot wounds; they are both in critical condition. Around 3:20 PM, patrol deputies were called to a residence in the 15000 block of Northwest Fourth Place due to a suspected disturbance with a weapon.
According to emergency dispatch files, Clark County Fire District 6 and AMR were called to the scene a minute later for a stabbing, shooting, or piercing trauma. When the woman’s husband shot their infant, shot her, and then shot himself, she dialed 911 to report it. Three persons were found unconscious on the floor with what appeared to be gunshot wounds when responding deputies entered the house, according to the sheriff’s office.
According to the sheriff’s office, deputies administered medical care until adjacent medics who were staging entered the house and took over. At the scene, the alleged shooter was confirmed dead. Sheriff’s Sgt. Chris Skidmore stated that there is no ongoing threat to the community. Due of her injuries, the woman was unable to be interrogated, according to Skidmore. Shortly after arriving at the hospital, she was given an intubation and sent to surgery. According to Skidmore, there were no calls made to that address in the previous two years, and it is uncertain if there was a history of domestic violence. The Major Crimes Unit of the sheriff’s office is still looking into the matter.
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