VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN 6) — The Vancouver police officer shot seven times during a traffic stop was released to his family after less than a week in the hospital.
The Vancouver Police Department confirmed Thursday morning that Officer Dustin Goudschaal was allowed to return home after the 32-year-old cop’s health gradually improved.
Goudschaal was rushed to a local hospital Monday in critical condition. Authorities say the officer, a six-year veteran of the Vancouver Police Department, was approaching a vehicle with stolen plates when a gunman inside the car released a flurry of bullets.
James Sapp, a 48-year-old convicted felon who claims to be a member of the Aryan Brotherhood, was in the vehicle — along with at least one other man — and has been charged in the shooting. He has not yet entered a plea.
Goudschaal, who was previously a police officer with the University of Arizona, was listed in satisfactory condition on Wednesday.