Citizen Calls 911 to Report a Gunman, Cops Show Up and Shoot the Citizen Who Called

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Everton Bailey Jr. | Oregon Live

A Vancouver man who called 911 to report a suspicious car on Halloween was fired upon several times — and hit by one round in the leg — by law enforcement officers who mistook him for an armed suspect, the Vancouver Police Department said Tuesday.

The man, only identified by police as in his mid-50s, took cover behind a gravel pile after he was shot at by two Vancouver police officers and a Clark County deputy, and he also fired one round — hitting no one, said Kim Kapp, a Vancouver police spokeswoman.

The man was given first aid when it was determined he was not a threat, taken to a hospital for treatment and released by Nov. 1.

The man requested his identity not be released by police and the Vancouver agency plans to “honor his request for as long as we can,” Kapp said.

She said she did not know why the man requested police not release his identity.

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The cops who fired at the man — Vancouver Police Corporal Chris LeBlanc, 47; Vancouver Police Officer Brian Frances, 38; and Clark County Deputy Anthony Spainhower, 39 — were still on paid administrative leave as of Tuesday, according to both agencies.

Detectives are still determining how many shots were fired by law enforcement and whose bullet hit the man, Kapp said.

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