A Vancouver bank robbery suspect who died after exchanging gunfire with police has been identified as a Centralia man, according to the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office.
David W. Hamilton, 50, died of multiple gunshot wounds in the June 6 shooting, according to the Medical Examiner’s Office. It listed his cause of death as homicide, a term that does not suggest killing was unlawful.
The chain of events that led to the shooting began when a man with a rifle wearing a ski mask robbed the iQ Credit Union branch, 15705 N.E. Fourth Plain Blvd., on the afternoon of June 6. The robber fled in a vehicle, hopped into another car parked nearby, then led officers on a short chase.
After officers ran him off the road near the intersection of Northeast 182nd Avenue and 73rd Street, the suspect and the three officers exchanged weapons fire. The suspect was shot and killed.
The Vancouver Police Department has identified the three officers as Cpl. James Burgara, 55, Officer Erik Jennings, 45, and Officer Richard Rich, 46.
Vancouver police said the Regional Major Crimes Team’s investigation into the shooting is ongoing. All three officers are on paid leave, per standard department practice when officers use their weapons.