Police identified the woman shot and killed by deputies in Vancouver on Sunday as Amy Jean McCoy of Portland.
Investigators said Amy McCoy assaulted deputies while armed with a hammer and a knife before the shooting.
VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) -
Investigators have identified the 38-year-old Portland woman who was shot and killed after attacking deputies while armed with a hammer and a knife in Vancouver.
Deputies said Amy Jean McCoy crashed a blue Mini Cooper on 76th Street and 94th Avenue at 4:20 p.m. Sunday.
Witnesses said she was yelling as she left the crash scene and tried to force her way into a nearby home.
Two deputies, identified Tuesday as Joseph McLoughlin and Thomas Yoder, confronted McCoy in the backyard of a home on the 9600 block of Northeast 81st Street.
Investigators said she had a hammer and a knife and assaulted the deputies, leading to the shooting.
Neither deputy was injured in the confrontation.
McLoughlin, 54, has been with the Clark County Sheriff's Office for 27 years. Yoder, 36, is a 10-year veteran of the sheriff's office. Both deputies are assigned to the patrol division.
McCoy's official cause of death will be determined by the Clark County medical examiner.
Vancouver police are seeking witnesses to the initial crash that preceded the shooting. Investigators said McCoy was driving recklessly in the areas of Northeast Fourth Plain Boulevard, Northeast 76th Street and Northeast Covington Road.
She nearly hit two vehicles head-on while driving northbound in the southbound lanes of Covington Road prior to the crash.
Anyone who witnessed McCoy's reckless driving is asked to contact Vancouver Police Department Detective Barbara Knoeppel at 360-487-7436.
The overall case remains under investigation by the Vancouver Police Department Major Crimes Unit.
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