Suspected carjacker shot and killed by Clark County deputies identified


The man who was shot and killed in an American Legion hall in Vancouver while fleeing Clark County Sheriff’s deputies has been identified.

Benjamin Steven Woods, 41, of Prineville, died from multiple gunshot wounds around 11:30 a.m. on Saturday following reports that he and a woman had allegedly carjacked and attempted to carjack drivers.

Woods allegedly ran into American Legion Post 176 in the Salmon Creek neighborhood after sheriff’s deputies spotted a van he allegedly stole in the parking lot, according to law enforcement officials. The suspect entered the hall while about 30 people gathered inside to play bingo, according to witness Jamie Gardner. 

Gardner said that deputies and a police dog followed the man later identified as Woods into the bingo area, which was soon filled with the sound of gunfire. Kim Kapp, a spokesperson for the Vancouver Police Department leading the shooting investigation, confirmed Wednesday that four unidentified deputies fired their weapons and killed Woods.

“The specifics of which of the four involved deputies fired their weapons is still under investigation and those details will be released once they are confirmed,” Kapp wrote in an email.

Later on Saturday, deputies arrested Woods’ suspected accomplice, Lyndsey D. Jones, on allegations of residential burglary, after a nearby homeowner said he found Jones hiding in his garage, according to The Columbian.

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