Vancouver father who attempted to kill wife, baby before shooting self, identified by police

Published: Dec. 7, 2022 at 5:50 PM PST
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VANCOUVER Wash. (KPTV) – A Vancouver, Wash. woman and her infant child are in the hospital after the woman’s husband shot her and the baby before killing himself Wednesday.

On Thursday, police identified the man as 42-year-old David E. Stansbury, Jr. also of Vancouver.

Officers responded around 3:20 p.m. Wednesday to the area of NW 152nd Street and NW 4th Place in the Salmon Creek neighborhood of Vancouver. The woman caller told 911 operators her husband had just shot their infant child, shot her, and then shot himself.

Arriving Clark County Sheriff’s Office deputies made their way into the home, finding three people on the ground with gunshot wounds.

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Both the woman and the infant were taken to the hospital in critical condition. Stansbury was pronounced dead at the scene.

Neighbors who knew the family didn’t want to appear on camera, but told FOX 12 they’re really shaken up and still trying to process the grief.

“They both walked the neighborhood constantly. She was darling, she was a precious, precious, brand new mama.”

This case is being actively being investigated by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office Majors Crimes Unit with assistance from the Vancouver Police Department Major Crimes Unit.

On Thursday, both mother and baby were still in critical condition, and police have not yet been able to speak with the woman.

No further details have been released at this time.