Inmate shot and killed by deputy in Vancouver hospital identified

Inmate shot by corrections officer at hospital dies

VANCOUVER, Wash. -- An inmate died Thursday afternoon after he was shot by Clark County corrections deputies at Peace Health Southwest Medical Center earlier Thursday.

Two corrections deputies were guarding 66-year-old John Martin inside the hospital's Firstenburg Tower. He had been admitted to the hospital Wednesday morning after complaining of a medical issue.

On Thursday morning at about 10:40 a.m., Martin "took action," according to the Clark County Sheriff's Office, and was shot by deputies.

The inmate was given emergency medical care immediately and taken into surgery, but he did not survive.

Martin was in custody after being arrested for parole violation, escaping from community custody and unlawful possession of a firearm.

The shooting is under investigation by the Regional Major Crimes Team under the direction of the Vancouver Police Department. The deputies, identified as 12-year veteran Pam Frisby and 11-year veteran Elissa Black, have been placed on paid critical incident leave, per standard procedure for officer-involved shootings.

Clark County Medical Examiner Martha Burt said Friday Martin's cause of death was a gunshot wound to the torso.

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