Amid Sahota investigation, law enforcement training expert talks about police shooting protocol

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VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN) – Amid the investigation into the shooting death of an off-duty Vancouver officer over the weekend after a Clark County deputy fired his rifle during a chase involving an accused thief, law enforcement training officials speak out on protocol.

Authorities say off-duty officer Donald Sahota died of gunshot wounds outside his home after Clark County Deputy Jonathan Feller fired a shot. his rifle at the scene as an accused robber entered the Sohata battlefield house.

Feller, who is currently on leave, was one of three Clark County deputies who shot dead 21-year-old Kevin Peterson Jr. in October 2020.

The shooting was later deemed “warranted” by investigating prosecutors in Pierce County, Washington.

This all happened in Washington State, but KOIN 6 spoke to the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training about how they train their officers and when it’s legal for an officer to pull.

“Someone must be in danger. They must be in danger of serious physical injury or death. It could be the officer or the member of the public. We are authorized to use force under Oregon law to defend ourselves and others,” said Scott Willadsen of the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training.

“If the officer reasonably believes that this person is in danger of death or serious physical injury, this officer may use deadly force to prevent this person from continuing to be a threat,” Willadsen added.

Robbery suspect Julio Segura is facing an attempted murder charge after court documents say he stabbed Sahota. Segura is also being held on $5 million bond.

No charges have been filed against Feller at this time. The investigation is ongoing.

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