VANCOUVER – Members of a U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force shot and killed a wanted suspect after the man escalated the situation in Vancouver Friday morning, police said.
Officers responded to the Addison apartment complex near 7500 NE 18th Street around 11 a.m.
It was there police said 29-year-old Jessee France, who was wanted on felony warrants, rammed an undercover car. France was involved in several felony cases and thought to have been armed, investigators said.
Police said France's actions "escalated the situation and shots were fired by several officers from the (U.S. Marshals) task force" after they had gotten out of their car and approached him.
Police spokesperson Kim Kapp said several officers fired rounds.
Neighbors reported hearing six shots. One witness reported seeing a man who had been shot in the driver's seat of a car.
”There was a girl that ran out of the car and … I didn’t see her run out, but she was sitting on the side and she was screaming, ‘they shot my friend,’” neighbor Emily Kountz said. ”I’m a caregiver and I ran out and said, ‘I think that there’s been shots fired.’”
France was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police took two women and one man into custody for questioning. There were no reports of arrests.
KGW Reporter Mark Hanrahan contributed to this report