Hundreds at vigil for wounded Vancouver officer

Hundreds at vigil for wounded Vancouver officer

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Posted on July 1, 2014 at 5:54 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 2 at 9:44 AM

VANCOUVER -- About 200 people showed their support at a special vigil Tuesday night for the Vancouver motorcycle officer shot in the line of duty.

Dustin Goudschaal was shot seven times during a traffic stop in Vancouver Monday.

The vigil was held in front of PeaceHealth SW Medical Center, where Goudschaal was upgraded to satisfactory condition Wednesday morning.

Vancouver resident Sarah Akey attended the vigil to show her support for the law enforcement community.

"It was important mostly for my son, I wanted to give him an idea of what you can do to support
a situation like this when it happens so close to home," she said. "It's a way we can all come together as a family and be here for the officer as best we can."

Sgt. Steve Dobbs of the Vancouver Police Department said the support was overwhelming.

"We're part of the community. We live in the community and work here, and we're intertwined with the community," he said. "To see the support for a fallen officer means a lot to us. It means we know we're doing the right thing out there and we're making a good connection with the community."

Two suspects were captured after the shooting. James Sapp was arraigned on several charges in court Tuesday. His alleged accomplice, Timothy Plantenberg, has not been charged at this time and is cooperating with police.

Background: Motorcycle officer shot in Vancouver, two suspects arrested

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