Originally published July 18, 2014
VANCOUVER -- The man accused of wounding a Vancouver police officer during a June 30 traffic stop committed suicide, according to the Clark County Sheriff's Office.
Dispatch logs show 48-year-old James Sapp likely hanged himself inside his jail cell Thursday afternoon, The Columbian reported.
Jail medical staff provided emergency care for Sapp until fire department medics arrived, said Sgt. Fred Neiman. Sapp was still alive when he was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital.
The sheriff's office announced Friday afternoon that Sapp had died from his injuries.
Sapp pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges including attempted murder and assault in the shooting of 32-year-old Officer Dustin Goudschaal, who was shot seven times.
Goudschaal was protected by a ballistic vest when he pulled over a pickup truck with stolen license plates. He was hospitalized for a few days, then discharged to complete his recovery at home.
Upon Sapp's death, his family released the following statement:
The family of Mr. Sapp wishes to express their concern and sorrow for the suffering and injuries inflicted on Vancouver Police Officer Dustin Goudschaal and the members of the Vancouver Police Department. The family asks for privacy as they work through this difficult time.