Vancouver teen killed by police died of gunshots to back


by KGW staff

Posted on January 28, 2013 at 2:05 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 29 at 7:35 AM

VANCOUVER -- The Vancouver teen who was killed by police last Friday died after he was shot in the back, the Clark County Medical Examiner said Monday.

Doug Combs, 16, died in a gunfire in a downtown Vancouver neighborhood at about 11:30 p.m. Police said Combs was a suspect in a home invasion shooting in Hazel Dell, as well as two recent armed robberies.

The medical examiner listed the official cause of death as "gunshot wounds of the back."

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"I heard four or five fired gunshots," said Pete Johnson who lives near the shooting scene at East 21st and C Street.

Terry Greenen heard gunshots on both sides of his house. He also heard police make some kind of command right before the shots were fired.

"I heard shots fired and there was one young man over there dead. They were not trying to resuscitate him, and a second one was right over here that was apprehended," said Greenen.

Police arrested the other 16-year-old suspect with Combs. He was booked in the Clark County Juvenile Detention Center on unlawful possession of a firearm.

Doug Combs' oldest brother Brian drove down from Seattle after hearing his brother was killed.

"The thing I don’t understand is he made a mistake and deserved to be punished, but what I don't understand is why if they knew where he was, they couldn't have used non-lethal force," said the oldest Combs.

The Camas police department continues to investigate the officer-involved shooting.