VANCOUVER -- A motorcycle officer was shot just before noon Monday in east Vancouver and suffered life-threatening injuries, according to police.
Police captured one suspect immediately after the shooting and a second suspect surrendered more than two hours later, according to Vancouver Police Chief James McElvain.
"There is no longer a danger to the public," Chief McElvain said, after a manhunt that reached into homes and yards throughout the East Vancouver neighborhood.
The shooting occurred near the intersection of Northeast 162nd Avenue and 34th Street, after the motorcycle officer attempted to pull over a stolen vehicle. The suspects fled the scene in the vehicle and then crashed a short time later, according to McElvain.
When a dispatcher tried to contact the officer, he did not answer and a citizen came on the radio, saying an officer had been shot, as first reported by The Columbian.
McElvain said the manhunt "rapidly unfolded" after the officer was shot.
Some neighbors said they got an automated call, warning them to stay inside and keep their doors and windows locked because an armed and dangerous suspect was in the area.
Jerry Keneppers said it happened right behind his home. He heard what sounded like fireworks and then saw the wounded officer on the ground.
“We’re very tight in this neighborhood,” he said. “A woman wrapped the officer up to keep him warm. She was holding him and kind of comforting him.”
“It’s horrible, we need to be praying for him and his family,” added Doreen Flagg, who lives nearby.” It’s just so sad.”
McElvain said the wounded officer's family is with him at a local hospital.
"He's still in critical condition with multiple gunshot wounds," the chief said. "It's one of the worst nightmares that we go through."
Northeast 34th Street was closed while investigators processed the scene Monday afternoon. The suspects' names and the wounded officer's name have not yet been released.
A patrol car responding to the shooting crashed at SR 500 and Stapleton Road, McElvain said. Traffic delays in that area were expected through the evening commute.
Portland Mayor Charlie Hales expressed his support after learning of the shooting in the nearby city and offered assistance, if needed, to Vancouver officials.
"We have learned that no community in our nation is immune to the epidemic of illegal gun violence, which has become a public health crisis. The City of Portland stands ready to assist our counterparts in Vancouver in whatever way we may," he said.