Slain Vancouver bank robber identified

David. W. Hamilton, 50, of Centralia died of multiple gunshot wounds

A suspect in a Vancouver bank robbery was shot by police during a traffic stop, June 6, 2017. (KOIN)
A suspect in a Vancouver bank robbery was shot by police during a traffic stop, June 6, 2017. (KOIN)

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — The Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified a bank robbery suspect who died in an exchange of gunfire with police.

The Columbian reports the medical examiner’s office says 50-year-old David. W. Hamilton of Centralia died of multiple gunshot wounds in the June 6 shooting.

Police say they believe Hamilton robbed a bank in Vancouver and then fled in a vehicle, leading officers on a short chase.

Police say after officers attempted to stop Hamilton’s vehicle, he was hit in an exchange of gunfire with officers. Police say Hamilton was pronounced dead at the scene.

The three officers involved in the Tuesday shooting are 55-year-old Corporal James Burgara, 45-year-old Officer Erik Jennings and 46-year-old Officer Richard Rich.

The officers were placed on administrative leave while an investigation continues.