Police Officer Donald Sahota

Police Officer Donald Sahota

Vancouver Police Department, Washington

End of Watch Saturday, January 29, 2022

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Donald Sahota

Police Officer Donald Sahota was inadvertently shot and killed by a Clark County Sheriff's Office deputy while attempting to apprehend a robbery suspect who was attempting to break into his home.

The suspect had fled police after robbing a gas station on Northeast 117th Avenue in Vancouver. Officers used spike strips to immobilize the car, but the suspect was able to flee on foot. As deputies were searching for the suspect a woman called 911 reporting that a man who fit the robbery suspect's description had pounded on her front door asking for help and claimed he had been involved in a collision. She informed the call-taker that her husband was an off-duty officer and had gone outside to detain the man. The suspect and Officer Sahota became engaged in a struggle during which Officer Sahota was stabbed several times and dropped his firearm. The suspect broke free and began running toward Officer Sahota's house.

Officer Sahota retrieved his firearm and ran after the suspect as Clark County deputies arrived. One of the deputies perceived Officer Sahota as an armed suspect and shot him, not realizing he was an officer and the homeowner.

The suspect was taken into custody without further incident. He was charged with attempted first-degree murder, first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, third-degree assault, and possession of a stolen vehicle.

Officer Sahota had served with the Vancouver Police Department for almost eight years. He had previously served 17 years with the Gresham Police Department and 2 1/2 years with the Port of Portland Police Department in Oregon. He is survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 52
  • Tour 27 years, 6 months
  • Badge 1531

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Arrested

at home, mistaken identity, off duty, robbery

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You were just a few years younger than me when you joined GPD. Your attitude everyday was off the charts great. Because you were very intelligent, you learned quickly and became a shining star, filling about every specialty position at our LE agency. We became fast friends, and I was proud to have you as mine. I still am.

We would swap stories about our families, you always sporting a big smile when you spoke of your amazing Wife and children. You cheering for me when I spoke of fulfillment and joy about my little girls. When you rode with me, my Mother, who lived in our city, would feed us dinner.

I miss you buddy, and pray all of our GPD Officers will walk together again someday.

Sergeant, Retired Sandra Moreau

January 31, 2023

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