James Sapp, alleged cop shooter, commits suicide in jail

James Sapp, the man suspected of shooting a Vancouver police officer during a traffic stop, died after a jail cell suicide.

James Sapp, the alleged shooter of a Vancouver police officer, is led into court, July 8, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
James Sapp, the alleged shooter of a Vancouver police officer, is led into court, July 8, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN 6) — James Sapp, the man suspected of shooting a Vancouver police officer during a traffic stop, died after a jail cell suicide.

Sapp was pronounced dead at 12:45 p.m. Friday, officials said. He was 48.

Clark County Corrections Deputies making a routine cell check around 1:30 p.m. discovered Sapp in the act of an attempted suicide inside his cell at the main jail facility.

Deputies intervened in the suicide attempt and on duty jail medical staff immediately responded to provide emergency medical care until relieved by Vancouver Fire Department and AMR EMS.

Sapp was rushed by ambulance to an area hospital.

His family released this statement:

“The family of Mr. Sapp wishes to express their concern and sorrow for the suffering and injuries inflicted on Vancouver Police Officer Dustin Goudschaal and the members of the Vancouver Police Department. The family asks for privacy as they work through this difficult time.”

The white supremacist and alleged police shooter pleaded not guilty to drug and attempted murder charges Tuesday in Vancouver court.

Sapp was being held on charges of attempted murder after he allegedly shot VPD officer Dustin Goudschaal seven times on June 30.

He pleaded not guilty to both a pre-existing drug charge and charges related to the shooting on Tuesday.

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