Name of man shot by cop released, man’s condition unknown

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VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Almost a week after a Vancouver police officer shot and wounded a man at a home during a disturbance call, investigators have identified him as 23-year-old Irving Rodriguez.

Rodriguez was taken into custody at the scene Thursday and transported to a hospital for treatment, according to a Clark County Sheriff’s Office news release. The sheriff’s office didn’t give an update on the man’s condition.

A spokesperson at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center told The Columbian: “We don’t have any information to release, including confirming whether he’s at the hospital or not.”

The Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team, led by the sheriff’s office, is investigating the shooting.

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Vancouver police officers were sent at 7:04 p.m. to a home after a family member texted 911 to report a relative was “out of control, and they were afraid he was going to hurt them,” according to the police department.

Efforts by the newspaper to reach the people who live at the residence have been unsuccessful.

Officers saw the man inside at one point holding a baseball bat, police said.

Vancouver police said a mobile crisis team responded but was unable to de-escalate the situation. Officers used a less-lethal 40 mm device that was ineffective and the man refused to drop the bat, according to the police department.

“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,” the police department said.

The officer who fired the weapon was placed on critical incident leave, which is standard procedure following a police shooting. Investigators have not released the officer’s name.

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