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Teen robbery suspect killed by police was shot in back

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VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) -

A 16-year-old boy who was shot and killed by police over the weekend died of gunshot wounds to the back, a medical examiner confirmed Monday.

Douglas Combs was a suspect in a series of armed robberies and a home invasion that took place Friday.

A representative for Vancouver police said law enforcement officers from Vancouver and the Clark County Sheriff's Office were responding to the area of East 19th and C streets about 11:30 p.m. Friday when they tried to make contact with two armed teens.

Police said Combs was the primary suspect in three crimes that happened on Friday, starting with a home invasion shooting on Northeast Minnehaha. The gunfire there left 49-year-old William Toohey with serious injuries, and he was still in the intensive care unit Monday.

Officers said Combs also was responsible for an armed robbery at a 7-Eleven convenience store on Northeast Saint Johns Boulevard, as well as an armed robbery at a Shell station at Andresen and Fourth Plain.

Late Friday night, an officer shot and killed Combs and took another 16-year-old boy into custody on unlawful possession of a firearm.

Vancouver police identified the officer Monday as Cpl. Marshall Henderson, 44, a department veteran of 15 years. He is currently on paid administrative leave pending the investigation.

Combs' brother said Monday that he only knew of his brother getting in trouble once before, for having marijuana at school. Jason Combs said his brother was not a violent kid and seemed to have a bright future, making all of this a mystery to his family.

"All I know is there was no sign of this and that Doug was a good kid," he said. "And I can guarantee that he didn't set out to intentionally hurt anyone."

Jason Combs said his family has a lot of questions about what exactly happened that night, especially after learning his brother was shot in the back.

Jason Combs said his brother got good grades in school and was not a "rampaging psycho killer."

"You know, there's always been guns in the house and he grew up around them," he said. "But would he steal in the middle of the night? No, I had no idea."

Douglas Combs was enrolled at Hudson's Bay High School as a sophomore before his death. Prior to that, he was a student at Gaiser Middle School.

The teen who was taken into custody is a sophomore at Hudson's Bay High School and formerly a student at Lewis and Clark High School. He appeared Monday in court, where his mother said the teen "needs to be contained" based on his behavior over the last few weeks.

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