VANCOUVER -- One of two men arrested after a Vancouver motorcycle officer was shot Monday has been accused of first-degree attempted murder, robbery and second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.
James Todd Sapp, 47, has a criminal record in both Washington and Oregon. He did prison time at age 17 for torturing and killing a man who sexually molested his younger sister in Ohio. Since then, Sapp has been in and out of jail for attempting to elude police, resisting arrest and multiple drug charges.
The police officer, Dustin Goudschaal, 32, remained in critical condition Tuesday morning at a Vancouver hospital. He was shot seven times.
The second person arrested was identified in court documents as Timothy Plantenberg. He has not been charged and is cooperating with police.
Sapp appeared Tuesday morning in court. His bail was set at $10 million.
In court documents Sapp said his passenger fired the shots, though several witnesses and Goudschaal said it was Sapp with the gun.
The documents also said Sapp suffers from catastrophic cancer and had sought treatment in Texas.
He admits to being a white supremacist and has prison tattoos including White Pride, along with swastikas. He had previously choked a 12-year-old Latino neighbor while calling him racial slurs and punching a relative. He is a member of the Aryan Brotherhood.
Sapp had also sped away several months ago from a traffic stop, according to the documents.
Prior court records show there was an outstanding warrant for Sapp's arrest for possession of methamphetamine and heroin when the officer pulled him over around 11:30 a.m..
While neighbors ran to the officer's side, police said the suspects sped off in their truck.
Sapp and Plantenberg allegedly drove from the scene in a pickup truck that crashed into a tree about 14 blocks away. The truck was registered to Sapp's wife, but its plates had been stolen from a silver Jeep Cherokee, court records say. A black handgun was found inside the truck.
A witness said one of the men tried to carjack his vehicle after crashing the truck.
The guy comes up to our window, and he says, 'You have to get us the hell out of here!' He said it twice. He said, 'You gotta get me out of here! You gotta get me outta here!' Rodney Dickerson told KGW.
Dickerson said he refused to give the man a ride, and then the suspect attacked another driver, stealing his truck. Sapp was captured after crashing that truck.
Officers swarmed the area and arrested Plantenberg about two hours later. He told police Sapp was behind the wheel when Goudschaal approached and Sapp used a gun hidden between his legs to shoot the officer, according to court records.
As Sapp drove away, Goudschaal shot back at their truck. Plantenberg said he grabbed the steering wheel to make Sapp crash, so he could get out of the vehicle, according to court records.
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Plantenberg said when he left the vehicle, Sapp shot at him, too.
He eventually surrendered, after hiding in the bushes in a neighborhood for more than two hours.
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Judge Scott Collier appointed attorney Matthew Hoff to defend Sapp. His arraignment was set for July 8.
Sapp told staff at the Clark County Jail in 2008 that he did not want to room with anyone of color. He also told Gresham, Oregon, police in 2005 that he was an active member of the Aryan Brotherhood and kept in touch with his brothers behind bars.