RIDGEFIELD, Wash. -- A Clark County Sheriff’s deputy is on paid administrative leave pending an investigation after he shot and killed a man just outside Ridgefield on Sunday morning, according to an office spokesman.
Sergeant Fred Neiman said the 911 call came from a home on Northwest 289th Street in unincorporated Clark County.
The caller reported a “prowler” on their property, driving a Jeep. The caller didn’t recognize the man or the vehicle.
Neiman said the deputy, whose name wasn’t immediately released, was dispatched to the large, rural property at 7:50 a.m.
He arrived on scene at 7:58 a.m.
At 8:06 a.m. he reported “shots fired."
Neiman said the man, described as the “prowler," was shot and taken to a local hospital, where he was later declared dead. The Clark County Sheriff's Office reported that he was "armed with a handgun."
His name was also not immediately released.
The deputy is uninjured.
Details were scarce late Sunday morning.
The Regional Major Crimes Team was on the scene. It’s comprised of officers from Vancouver, Camas and Battle Ground Police Departments, as well as the Clark County Sheriff’s Offices.
Neiman said Vancouver Police would likely take the lead on the investigation.
He added the deputy was placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard protocol.
The homeowners who made the initial 911 call declined to comment on the shooting.
This story will be updated with any new information.