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Suspected Drug Dealer Shot After Opening Fire On Cops, Sparking Riots

Vancouver, WA – The officer-involved shooting of an alleged drug dealer accused of firing a gun at narcotics officers preceded another round of violent riots across the country over the weekend.

The fatal shooting occurred in Hazel Dell at approximately 6 p.m. on Oct. 29, as Clark/Vancouver Drug Task Force detectives were investigating suspected drug dealing in a motel parking lot, ABC News reported.

The detectives spotted a man sitting in a car alone, so they began approaching the vehicle.

That’s when the occupant, later identified as 21-year-old Kevin Peterson, jumped out of the car and took off running, police said.

“A foot pursuit ensued where deputies from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office were chasing a man with a firearm,” Clark County Sheriff Chuck Atkins said during a press conference on Friday, according to ABC News.

“The information I have is that upon entering the parking lot of a bank, the man reportedly fired his weapon at the deputies,” Sheriff Atkins said. “The deputies returned fire and the subject was tragically killed. It is my understanding that the man’s firearm was observed at the scene.”

The Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team (SWIIRT) is handling the ongoing investigation into the fatal officer-involved shooting, ABC News reported.

According to Battle Ground Police Chief Mike Fort, the SWIIRT spokesperson, the narcotics detectives backed away from the fleeing suspect during the initial foot pursuit after he allegedly pointed a gun at them.

Clark County deputies spotted Peterson a short while later, Chief Fort said.

The chief did not specify whether or not the gunman opened fire on the deputies, but confirmed that all three deputies fired their weapons at Peterson, ABC News reported.

The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators found a .40-caliber Glock handgun near his body, Chief Fort said.

The three Clark County deputies who shot Peterson have been placed on administrative leave, as per protocol, ABC News reported.

Hundreds of Black Lives Matter and antifa followers descended on Vancouver on Friday night, according to the New York Post.

The mob soon clashed with a group of counter protesters who were carrying American and pro-President Donald Trump flags, leading to an all-out brawl, videos showed.

According to journalist Andy Ngo, rioters burned American flags, busted out the windows of nearby businesses, cursed law enforcement, and fired guns into the air during the chaos, the New York Post reported.

Video footage showed armed men standing outside a bail bonds business to protect it from rioters as the angry mob surrounded them.

A large crowd marched through a residential area and shined lights into people’s homes while chanting, “Wake up, mother—kers!” another clip showed.

Area law enforcement buildings were vandalized during the night, including the prosecutor’s office, the sheriff’s office headquarters, the juvenile detention center and the adult jail, according to CNN.

One video showed rioters burning an American flag they had allegedly stolen from outside the Washington State Patrol building.

“Burn the precinct to the ground!” the mob yelled.

Police declared an unlawful assembly and arrested at least seven people who refused to leave.

The mayhem continued in nearby Portland, where rioters smashed the windows out of two phone stores, a computer business, a coffee shop, a hotel, a community bank, two realty offices, a financial office, and a restaurant that was open at the time of the attack, the Portland Police Bureau said in a press release.

Members of the mob threw projectiles at police and pepper-sprayed citizen bystanders, according to the PPB.

No arrests were made, but the acts of vandalism remain under investigation and future arrests are possible, police said.

Approximately 150 Northwestern University students in Evanston, Illinois wreaked havoc on campus Saturday night while demanding the university abolish its police department, WGN reported.

Rioters hurled bricks and fireworks at the officers and shined high-powered lasers into their eyes, according to police.

Officers ended up deploying pepper spray to disperse the mob, WGN reported.

One person was arrested during the violence.

Rioters in Manhattan clashed with police on Sunday, leading to at least 11 arrests, the New York Post reported.

“I hope all of your children get raped and killed!” a rioter screamed at police in one video from the scene. “Y’all are a f—king disgrace to society!”

Another video showed a Black Lives Matter rioter as he walked up to a woman’s vehicle in the middle of the street and threatened to punch her window out.

Critics alleged that two of the individuals arrested were members of the press, but the New York Police Department disputed their claims.

All arrested individuals from today’s protests have been verified to not be NYPD credentialed members of the press,” the department said, according to the New York Post.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin

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