VANCOUVER, Wash. — A 23-year-old man whose family reportedly said he was out of control and feared he would hurt someone was shot by a Vancouver police officer Thanksgiving night, police said.
Vancouver police responded to the home, near Southeast 23rd Street and 177th Avenue, shortly after 7 p.m. Several family members were inside the home, including a woman police described as elderly.
The man, identified as Irving Rodriguez, was outside the home when officers arrived but went back inside. At one point he picked up a bat, police said.
The Mobile Crisis Team also responded and was unable to de-escalate the situation, police said. Officers used a 40 mm device, which police described as less lethal, but it was ineffective. Rodriguez refused multiple commands to drop the bat, according to police.
At some point during the confrontation, Vancouver police said Rodriguez went through an open garage door and advanced on officers "in an apparent attempt to assault them." That’s when an officer shot the man, police said.
He was taken to a hospital. No details about his condition were released.
The Vancouver police officer who shot Rodriguez has been placed on critical incident leave, per standard protocol. He was identified Wednesday as Ryne Briley. He has been with the department since February 2017.
The Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team, led by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, is investigating.