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Friends remember Vancouver teen shot and killed by police

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VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) -

Friends gathered to remember 16-year-old Doug Combs, who was shot and killed by a Vancouver police officer last week.

About 40 of Combs' classmates from Hudson's Bay High School held a candlelight vigil up the street from where he was killed.

The students gathered outside Pop Culture, an all-ages club Combs was seen hanging out at before the shooting.

Police said Combs went on a violent crime spree last Friday and was armed when the officer shot him.

"It was a shock to everyone," said classmate Akaysha Stonebreaker. "I think everyone just expects him to show up to school."

Friends hugged each other and wept as they shared memories of Combs, who they described as an outgoing, fun and friendly person.

"He was never a bad kid," said Combs' ex-girlfriend, McKala Van Geyten. "He was a perfect kid. He's never been in trouble before."

Vancouver police said Combs robbed two gas stations and shot a man during a home invasion last Friday. The victim in that case survived.

Friends said Combs got caught up in a bad crowd.

"I think he got caught up too deep in the crowd and it took its toll on him," said Combs' best friend, Wesley Rolen. "He just snapped. I think that was his way of getting out of it."

Investigators said officers confronted Combs and another 16-year-old near East 20th and C streets late Friday night. Police said both teens were armed and at some point an officer opened fire. According to the medical examiner, Combs was shot multiple times in the back.

"I feel like it was a complete misunderstanding," said Stonebreaker. "I'm sure that the cop was trying to protect himself or whatever and there's always two sides to a story. But it's really too bad that a life was taken, especially Doug's."

Vancouver police said the officer who shot Combs is Cpl. Marshall Henderson, a 15-year veteran of the police department.

As standard procedure, Henderson was placed on paid administrative leave while police investigate the shooting.

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