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Washington Officer Shot Multiple Times, Suspect in Custody

July 01, 2014  | 

A Vancouver, Wash., police officer was critically injured in a shooting during a traffic stop Monday, sending all available officers on a two-hour manhunt before the last of two suspects was detained.

Motorcycle officer Dustin Goudschaal, 32, with the Vancouver traffic unit pulled over a vehicle near Northeast 162nd Avenue and 34th Street at about 11:30 a.m. The vehicle was stolen, police told the Columbian. After the officer did not respond to a dispatcher, a resident came on the radio and said the officer had been shot, Vancouver police Lt. Scott Creager said.

Goudschaal suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was in stable condition Tuesday at a local hospital. He was hit seven times, and a source said the officer's ballistic vest helped saved his life.

His alleged assailant, James Todd Sapp, 47, appeared in Clark County Superior Court this morning on suspicion of first-degree attempted murder, first-degree robbery and unlawful possession of a firearm. Court records show that Goudschaal has identified Sapp as the shooter.

The Clark County Sheriff's Office has previously identified Sapp as an admitted member of the Aryan Brotherhood. He goes by the nickname "Cotton."

Tags: Traffic Enforcement, Police Officer Wounded, Assaults on Officers, Vancouver PD


Comments (11)

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Nightstalker @ 7/1/2014 8:46 PM

Im glad the officer was not killed as a result of some more Red Diaper Doper Babies out there, I HATE cop killers as i say KILL THEM ALL who hates cops!!!!!!!

Jim Duncan @ 7/1/2014 9:04 PM

As a 30 yr retired police sergeant from California this does not surprise me. However; what does astonish me is the number of people who think there is no per say "evil" in the world?
The reason things like this happen is because of evil and the fact we live in a "fallen world"! Cotton is an evil man & part of one the the most evil criminal organization in the America

Morning Eagle @ 7/2/2014 1:34 AM

Why is Sapp in custody instead the morgue where he belongs? Hopefully Officer Goudschaal will fully recover. Summer is here and those vests can be hot and uncomfortable but wear them anyway because you just never know.

Mike @ 7/2/2014 4:05 AM

I TOTALLY agree with 'morning eagle'... as a retired LEO of 23 years, I am surprised that this puke of a suspect is lucky he made it to jail w/o some serious well-deserved injuries

Renee @ 7/2/2014 4:58 AM

Why do these Aryan Brotherhood POS think they are superior? I pray he gets just what he deserves.

Capt. Crunch @ 7/2/2014 10:32 AM

I am glad the officer will be ok. I don't care how busy the radio dispatchers are all vehicles should be run for wants and warrants before the officer makes contact with the driver.

Carl @ 7/2/2014 10:36 AM

I PRAY THIS OFFICER FULLY RECOVERS. I AGREE WITH JIM THAT THERE IS EVIL IN THIS WORLD AND WE LIVE IN A FALLEN WORLD. I BELIEVE EVERY MAN MAKES A CHOICE TO BE EVIL, BUT WE WERE NOT BORN EVIL. DO NOT HATE THE MAN, HATE THE SIN. ALSO, EVERY LEO KNOWS THE DANGERS OF THIS JOB AND WE ARE NOT MERCINARIES. IF A SUSPECT SHOOTS AT US, BUT DECIDES TO GIVE UP, WE ARE TRAINED TO TAKE THAT SUSPECT INTO CUSTODY WITHOUT ANY UNNECESSARY USE OF FORCE. HE WILL BE JUDGED NOT ONLY BY THE LAW, BUT BY GOD. AS LEO'S WE NEED TO BE LEVEL HEADED AND OBEY THE LAWS. EMOTIONS WILL ALWAYS BE IN THE PICTURE DURING AN INCIDENT LIKE THIS, BECAUSE WE ARE HUMAN. WE MUST LET THE LAW DO ITS JOB WITH THIS MAN. LET HE CAST THE FIRST STONE THAT HAS NOT SINNED........GOD BLESS.

Jack Betz @ 7/2/2014 11:50 AM

I don't think the ACLU will protest the officer being shot.

ROBERT CHERRY @ 7/2/2014 1:36 PM

IT APPEARS THAT EVERY LAW INFORCEMENT OFFICER IS MORE OPEN GAME MORE THAN EVER. DOESNT MATTER WHERE U WORK THEY ARE TRYING TO KILL US GT WELL OFFICER WE ARE DEFINATELY THE HUNTED.

JIM SMITH @ 7/3/2014 12:00 AM

Death penalty opponents say it does not deter crime, but it certainly does prevent them doing anything else. Good enough for me. sell the remains to Purina. Open a season on white pride mo'fo's. However Carl, you are deluded. His only judgement will be here on Earth. Hate the sin, hate the sinner, and good riddance.

GunnyB @ 7/3/2014 12:54 PM

There is little deterrent to violent crime because the death penalty is a joke and prisons are no longer places that turds don't want to be sent to, other than "tent city". Go Sheriff Joe!!! When we make the death penalty a REAL deterrent and prisons ugly, uncomfortable places, you WILL see and drop in these types of violent crimes.

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