Vancouver home invasion victim arrested

VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN) — A Vancouver man who was shot during a home invasion robbery by a teen who himself was later shot and killed by Vancouver police earlier this year has been taken into custody, along with his wife.

Forty-eight-year-old William John Toohey was arrested by Clark County Sheriff’s deputies June 28 on multiple charges, including unlawful possession of a firearm, reckless endangerment, possession of a stolen firearm, second-degree possession of stolen property and possession with intent to deliver marijuana.

Toohey’s wife, 51-year-old Cora Frances Whitebird, faces one count each of possession of stolen property and possession with intent to deliver marijuana.

On Jan. 25, 16-year-old Douglas Combs and an accomplice went on a crime spree in the Vancouver area in which they robbed Toohey’s home, located on the 1100 block of Northeast Minnehaha Street, and then robbed two convenience stores at gunpoint.

Toohey was a neighbor of Combs. During the home robbery, Combs shot and injured Toohey. Later that night, Combs was shot and killed by Vancouver police during a confrontation in which he reportedly refused to drop his gun.

In February, Combs’ 16-year-old accomplice, who was not identified because he is a juvenile, plead guilty to assault with a deadly weapon and illegal possession of a firearm. He was sentenced to 30 days of detention, 12 months of supervision and 40 hours of community service.

The sheriff’s office reported Wednesday that the robbery at Toohey’s home was not random. Detectives with the sheriff’s office Major Crimes Team determined that prior to the Jan. 25 incident, Toohey had accidentally discharged his gun while in his home, sending rounds into a neighboring residence.

Furthermore, sheriff’s detectives searching Toohey’s home in the days following the robbery found a camera, rifled and laptop computer that had been stolen in separate residential burglaries. Detectives also seized marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

The couple were lodged in the Clark County Jail.

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