The investigation by the SW Washington Independent Investigative Response Team (SWIIR) into the October 17, 2021 officer involved shooting involving deputies from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office is continuing. Prior to this incident, probable cause existed to arrest Kfin Karuo, for Assault I related an incident that occurred on September 29, 2021.
In the September 29thincident, the victim reported that he was parked in the parking lot of a business located at 11320 NE 49th Street. An unknown suspect in a white Ford Expedition drove up to his vehicle, asked him if he was a “cop” and when the victim told him it was none of his business, the suspect pointed a handgun gun at him and told him to leave the parking lot. The victim’s dash camera captured " target="_blank">video of the suspect pointing the gun at the victim out of his driver’s side window. The suspect in that incident was identified as Kfin Karuo.
On October 17, 2021, Clark County Sheriff’s Deputies attempted a traffic stop of Karuo’s vehicle and initiated a Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT) in the area of NE 122nd Avenue/ NE 49th Street. Karuo, armed with a handgun, pointed the gun at the deputies, who then fired at him. Karuo was located a short distance from his vehicle deceased with a gun in his hand with his finger on the trigger.
The two involved deputies, who remain on critical incident leave are:
- Deputy David Delin, a 3.5-year deputy with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, currently assigned to Central Precinct Swing Shift.
- Deputy Forrest Gonzales, a 3-year deputy with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office and 2-year Officer with the Aberdeen Police Department prior to being hired by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. He is currently assigned to West Precinct Graveyard.
Source: Vancouver Police