VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN 6) — The Vancouver police officer shot seven times following a traffic stop Monday is a six-year veteran with the force cited for his meritorious work.
Officer Dustin Goudschaal, who was initially listed critical condition, is now listed as stable, Vancouver police said.
Goudschaal, 32, was hired by the Vancouver Police Department in 2008 and was previously a police officer with the University of Arizona.
He received a Meritorious Service Award after an incident in December 2011. In September 2013 he became a motor traffic officer.
“The department wishes to express sincere thanks for the outpouring of support for Officer Goudschaal that has come in from the community at large,” the Vancouver Police Department said in a statement.
On his way to the hospital, Goudschaal provided a summary of what happened to another Vancouver police officer, court documents revealed.
Goudschaal said he pulled over the black truck and was approaching the driver’s door when the driver leaned out the window and shot him. Goudschaal said there were only two people in the truck, which had a 55-gallon drum in its bed.
He described the shooter as a man who looked like James Sapp, authorities said.
A witness to the shooting, who was headed eastbound on NE 34th, saw the truck’s driver lean out and shoot the officer. The witness said Goudschaal fired back as the truck sped off.
Goudschaal then asked the witness for help, she told investigators.
Two people are in custody
James Todd Sapp was booked on charges of attempted murder, robbery and unlawful possession of a firearm, was arraigned at 9 a.m. Sapp is an unemployed, nearly 48-year-old man with ties to white supremacists.
Timothy Plantenberg was also arrested. He told investigators he was a passenger in the truck when Sapp allegedly shot Goudschall.