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Clark County Sherriff Deputies Fatally Shoot 21-Year-Old Black Camas Resident Kevin Peterson Jr.

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Kevin Peterson Jr., a 21-year-old Black Camas resident, was shot and killed by Clark County Sheriff’s Office deputies Thursday evening around 6 p.m., near the U.S. Bank on N.E. Highway 99 in Hazel Dell.

Peterson’s father confirmed his identity to Oregonian/OregonLive after rumors on social media began circulating Thursday night. 

As reported by the Columbian, Peterson Jr. was allegedly on the phone with his partner at the time of the shooting. 

A small group of protestors arrived on the scene last night a few hours after the incident, to protest the police shooting of yet another Black American. Protests against the disproportionate amount of deaths of Black Americans at the hands of police have spread throughout the country this year.

In neighboring Portland, protests sparked by the police killing of George Floyd have been ongoing for over 130 days.

In a statement to the press Friday afternoon, Clark County Sheriff Chuck Atkins said just before 6 p.m. detectives from the Clark-Vancouver Regional Drug Task Force were conducting a narcotics investigation near the 6800 block of N.E. Highway 99. 

“A foot pursuit ensued where deputies from the Clark County Sheriff’s office were chasing a man with a firearm,” Atkins said. “The information I have is that upon entering the parking lot of the bank, the man reportedly fired his weapon at the deputies. The deputies returned fire and the man was tragically killed.”

Atkins said the reported firearm was “observed” at the scene. He did not elaborate any further.

The Camas Police Department will be heading an investigation of the incident. Atkins declined to answer questions following his statement.

Outside of the statements from the police, few details of the incident have emerged.

A candlelight vigil for Kevin Peterson Jr. will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30 at the site of the shooting at 6829 N.E. Highway 99 in Vancouver. 

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