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Story by The Oregon Herald Staff
Published on Saturday July 31, 2021 - 1:41 AM
 
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Vancouver, Wash. –The investigation into the July 23, 2021 shooting death of Clark County Sheriff's Detective Sergeant Jeremy Brown is continuing and has transitioned to investigation by the SW Washington Independent Investigative Response Team (SWIIR), led by the Vancouver Police Department.

Washington state law (RCW 10.114.01) requires an independent investigation in incidents where the use of deadly force by a peace officer results in death, substantial bodily harm, or great bodily harm. The Clark County Law Enforcement Council (LEC), made up of the Clark and Skamania County Sheriffs and the Police Chiefs in Clark County, has opted to broaden the activation criteria of the IIT for this investigation. It appears that Detective Sergeant Brown used force, and although no death, substantial bodily harm or great bodily harm occurred, the attempt was made and therefore the SWIIR was activated.

Here are updates to the investigation since the last information release:

Guillermo Raya-Leon was extradited from the Marion County Jail to the Clark County Jail and made first appearance in Clark County Superior Court on July 29, 2021. Abran Raya-Leon is awaiting extradition to Clark County to face charges of rendering criminal assistance for his role in assisting shooting suspect Guillermo Raya-Leon flee the scene of the shooting. Misty Raya is currently lodged in the Clark County Jail on burglary charges related to a June 2021 burglary involving theft of firearms and ammunition from a Clark County storage facility.

The SWIIR consists of investigators from multiple law enforcement agencies in Clark County and includes two Non-Law Enforcement Community Representatives in each investigation. For more information on the IIT process and the SWIIR visit: https://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/independent-investigation-team-iit.

Nothing further is being released at the time. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.