Clark County Sheriff’s Office detective sergeant Jeremy Brown has passed away. He was 46.
From 1993 to 1995, Brown was a military police officer in the Unite States Marine Corps. In 2006, he joined the Clark County Sheriff’s Office in Clark County, Washington, United States.
In 2017, Brown joined the Clark-Vancouver Drug Task Force as a detective. On October 29, 2020, he was one of three Clark County deputies who fatally shot Kevin Peterson Jr., 21, during a planned drug sale in Hazel Dell, Clark County.
On July 23, 2021, Brown was fatally shot while conducting surveillance at The Pointe Apartments in Vancouver, Clark County. Hours after the shooting, Misty M. Raya, 35, and Abran Raya-Leon, 28, were arrested on unrelated felony warrants.
That day, Raya and Raya-Leon were with Guillermo O. Raya, 26. According to Misty and Raya Leon, Guillermo believed they were under police surveillance while they were driving from a Target retail store to The Pointe Apartments.
Guillermo allegedly confronted Brown and fired at the deputy, who was in a parked Jeep. Guillermo, Misty and Raya-Leon fled the scene in a vehicle and ran when the vehicle crashed near Padden Parkway and I-205 in Vancouver while Brown was rush to the PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver, where he later died from his injuries.
On July 24, 2021, the SW Washington Regional Major Crimes Team announced that an arrest warrant has been issued for Guillermo O. Raya, 26, in connection with the shooting. On July 25, 2021, he was arrested in Salem, Marion County, Oregon, USA by detectives from the U.S. Marshals Service Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force and the Salem Police Department.
“This is a difficult time for the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, law enforcement agencies in Clark County and the surrounding Clark County, Portland metro area,” the Clark County Sheriff’s Office stated. “Clark County law enforcement appreciates the support and understanding of the community in these tough times.”