A Washington police officer was just murdered – and one of the suspects is still on the run

VANCOUVER, WA – A Clark County deputy was fatally shot on the evening of July 23rd, with officials saying multiple suspects are tied to the killing.

Vancouver Police announced that two suspects have been apprehended as of July 24th, with one suspect currently at-large.

Officials haven’t shared much information regarding what led to the fatal shooting of the deputy as of this writing.

What limited details have been shared so far is that the shooting occurred at approximately 7:00 p.m. on July 23rd and occurred at the Pointe Apartments on Northeast 109th Avenue.

The unnamed deputy was taken to an area hospital after the shooting and succumbed to their injuries at approximately 11:30 p.m. that evening.

In a statement given by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office following the shooting, it was noted that the investigation is in the “early stages” and information will be shared as it becomes available:

“It is with great sadness the Clark County Sheriff’s Office is informing the community a deputy was killed in the line of duty this evening. This is a difficult time for the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, law enforcement agencies in Clark County and the surrounding Clark County, Portland metro area.”

“Clark County law enforcement appreciates the support and understanding of the community in these tough times. The investigation is in its early stages and information will be release as it becomes available.”

After the shooting, police shut down a portion of I-205 near Padden Parkway.

With one suspect still at-large, Vancouver Police released a statement urging residents in the area to keep their doors locked and to call 911 if they see anything suspicious:

“Residents in the area of Padden Parkway/I-205 and surrounding neighborhoods should remain inside their residences, keep doors locked and report any suspicious activity to 9-1-1.”

The names of the two suspects in custody have not been shared by officials, nor has a description been released of the third person of interest wanted in connection with the shooting.

This is an ongoing investigation.

Please follow Law Enforcement Today as we continue to gather further insight into this developing case.

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Earlier in July, we at Law Enforcement Today shared the unfortunate news of a police officer in Connecticut that succumbed to their injuries sustained from a crash allegedly caused by an impaired driver. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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SOUTH WINDSOR, CT – A 25-year-old South Windsor Police officer passed away earlier in July from injuries sustained weeks earlier in a motorcycle crash that police say was caused by a suspected drunk driver.

South Windsor Police Officer Ben Lovett passed away on July 13th while he was at Hartford Hospital. Officials say that Officer Lovett sadly succumbed to injuries he sustained in a motorcycle crash that happened on June 26th while the officer was off-duty.

The June 26th crash happened at approximately 1:15 a.m. on the corner of Hunter and Crystal Lake Roads, where authorities say 24-year-old Spencer Kraus allegedly ran through a stop sign and struck the motorcycle that Officer Lovett was on.

A passenger who was on Officer Lovett’s motorcycle at the time, identified as 39-year-old Jennifer Marie Sokolik, was also injured in the crash. Her condition is not clear as of this writing, but she was reported as being also taken to Hartford Hospital following the crash.

Police officials say that Kraus was administered a field sobriety test following the crash, which the suspect failed.

Following the June crash, Kraus was charged with operating under the influence, evading responsibility in a serious physical injury, second-degree assault with a motor vehicle, and failure to obey a stop sign.

Tolland State’s Attorney Matthew Gedansky stated on July 14th that, in light of Officer Lovett’s death, Kraus will be facing upgraded charges in the case and is scheduled to appear in court in the coming week regarding the officer’s passing.

A statement from the South Windsor Police Department noted that Officer Lovett was hired by the department in April of 2018 and showed promise immediately after completing his training at the Connecticut Police Academy in September of that same year:

“During the training and evaluation period, Officer Lovett demonstrated himself to be proactive, effective and a valuable team player. He was assigned as a patrol officer in the Operations Division where he excelled and grew as a new officer.”

During his time with the South Windsor Police Department, Officer Lovett had worked with the Criminal Investigations Bureau and the East Central Narcotics Task Force, where the department highlighted that his time with the task force proved that he was “a valuable asset to the team and continued to grow in his abilities.”

The South Windsor Police Department also shared the fallen officer’s numerous accolades and certifications he attained during his three years with the department:

“Officer Lovett has received numerous letters of appreciation from the public, he is the recipient of the 2020 Mothers against Drunk Driving (MADD) recognition award, he served as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) within our department, a certified Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) member, and he held numerous investigation and narcotic training certificates.”

In a statement following Officer Lovett’s passing shared by the Wethersfield Police Department, the department expressed the frustration of the young officer losing his life from a “preventable” tragedy of impaired driving:

“As fellow police officers we grieve for Ben and are frustrated because this tragedy was entirely preventable. There is no excuse for drunk/drugged driving. This senseless act ruined the lives of countless people and took the life of a beloved son, brother, and police officer.”

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Earlier in July, we at Law Enforcement Today shared the saddening news of a Chicago Police officer who reportedly passed away from a suspected suicide. 

The recent loss of the CPD officer has weighed heavy on the department, as officials reported that this is the third CPD officer to have died by suicide since the onset of 2021.

Here’s that previous report regarding the incident. 

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CHICAGO, IL – Officials say that a Chicago Police officer died via an apparent suicide, and his body was found behind a local elementary school in Chicago.

Limited details have been shared regarding the manner of death, with officials only saying that the 24-year-old officer was found inside of their personal vehicle as of this writing.

On July 14th at approximately 7:35 a.m., Chicago Police Officer Christian Furczon was pronounced dead after being found slumped over inside of his car near Hale Elementary School in the 6100 block of South Melvina Avenue.

Officials say that the body of Officer Furczon was discovered prior to any students arriving at the elementary school for summer courses.

Officials say that an autopsy, that is slated to be conducted at a later date, will determine the cause and manner of death.

Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown shared a statement regarding the officers suspected suicide:

“Being a police officer is not an easy job, and our officers carry the weight of the world on their shoulders.”

“They put their lives on the line for the people of Chicago, all while balancing their daily lives and taking care of their families. At the end of the day, these police officers are only human. It’s so important now, more than ever, to remember that.”

The suspected suicide of this officer comes at a time where the Chicago Police Department suffered two losses from the department from apparent suicides back in March.

Superintendent Brown shared a message for the rank-and-file on July 14th, stressing to those that are enduring any sort of crisis to reach out to the resources within the Chicago Police Department to seek assistance:

“We know you are tired. While there is more to be done to strengthen officer wellness, I want to remind you there are Department resources available, in addition to your personal support systems.”

*We at Law Enforcement Today understand that life can present some difficult challenges, especially to those who are, or are related to, first responders. If you or a loved one is dealing with a mental health crisis or suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, available 24 hours a day, at 1-800-273-8255.

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