Multiple shots fired by police at Vancouver suspect

Multiple shots fired by police at Vancouver suspect

VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Multiple officers fired shots at a wanted fugitive in a car Friday morning, killing him, officials said.

Saturday, police identified the suspect as 50-year-old Jessee J. France.

The shooting came after France rammed an undercover police officer's car. Officers inside the car exited and confronted France. That's when police said several officers, including Vancouver officers, U.S. Marshals and correctional officers who comprise a fugitive task force, fired shots.

"The actions of the suspect, who was the driver of the vehicle that rammed the police vehicle, escalated the situation," Vancouver police spokeswoman Kim Kapp said in a press release.

No shots were fired at police.

France died at the scene.

"I was down by the dumpster and the guy was shot," said witness Angelika Glavin. "I heard them saying 'get down' then I heard shooting go off through the window. I saw him being shot."

The case began when the officers were searching for France, who was wanted on a felony warrant and considered armed and dangerous. Police said he has several ongoing felony cases.

The shooting was first reported just after 11 a.m. at or near The Addison apartment complex in the 7500 block of Northeast 18th Street, south of Fourth Plain Boulevard in central Vancouver.

Police said France lived in the complex. Neighbors say there were many complaints about that building, including loud noise and drug activity.

Neighbors also reported seeing four people led out of the apartment in handcuffs, although police have not said who they were.

KATU reporter Kerry Tomlinson contributed to this report