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Persuit Ends in Accidental Gunshot

February 11, 2002

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Persuit Ends in Accidental Gunshot

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Date: February 10, 2002

Incident: Pursuit/Officer-Involved Shooting

Location: 7403 NW Fruit Valley Rd., Vancouver

Driver: Wolff, Mark Allen, 1705 NW Terrace, Vancouver, dob: 102980

Charges: Attempt To Elude, Driving While Intoxicated, 2 Misdemeanor Wts.

Subject Injured: Hager, John William, 1721B NE 116th St., Vancouver, dob 080979

Details: On 02/10/02 at about 12:52 AM, Sheriff's Deputies were assisting a Washington State Patrol Trooper who was involved in the chase of a violator who was refusing to stop.

The pursuit began on I-5 southbound near NE 78th street. The chase continued to the area of NW Fruit Valley Rd. and NW Whitney Road and supervisors for both agencies directed officers to discontinue the pursuit. Officers terminated the pursuit.

The suspect driver stopped his vehicle in front of a residence at 7403 NW Fruit Valley Road. The suspect driver, Mark Wolff, immediately exited the vehicle and fled on foot.

Deputy Duncan Hoss, a 10-year veteran with the Sheriff's Office, saw the vehicle stop at the residence and he stopped his patrol car adjacent to the suspect vehicle as the driver was fleeing.

Deputy Hoss ordered the lone passenger, John Hager, out of the car at gunpoint.

As Hager was being ordered to the ground, Deputy Hoss' service weapon discharged and Hager was struck in the left upper arm. Hager was transported to SWWMC for treatment of a superficial wound and he was released.

Though the incident is still under investigation, all indications are that the shooting occurred as a result of an "accidental discharge."

There is no information to indicate that Wolff or Hager were armed. Deputy Hoss was following proper procedure by ordering the vehicle occupant out of the car at gunpoint following the pursuit.

Deputy Hoss is currently on routine administrative leave.

Mark Wolff was taken into custody by other deputies and subsequently charged with Attempt To Elude, Driving While Intoxicated, and 2 misdemeanor warrants.

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