Governor Inslee is deeply saddened by the death of Vancouver Police Officer Donald Sahota, 52, and directs that Washington State and United States flags at all state agency facilities be lowered to half-staff in his memory on Tuesday, February 8, 2022.
Flags should remain at half-staff until close of business or sunset on Tuesday, February 8, 2022.
Other government entities, citizens, and businesses are encouraged to join in the recognition of lowering their flags. Flags should remain at half-staff until close of business or sunset on Tuesday, February 8, 2022.
Vancouver Police Dept. Officer Donald Sahota
According to Officer Down Memorial Page (ODMP), Sahota “was inadvertently shot and killed by a Clark County Sheriff’s Office deputy while attempting to apprehend a robbery suspect who was attempting to break into his home.”
The suspect was taken into custody at the scene without further incident. He has been charged with attempted first-degree murder, first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, third-degree assault, and possession of a stolen vehicle.
Officer Sahota served both the Vancouver Police Department (7 years), the Gresham Police Department, and the Port of Portland Police Department in Oregon. He is survived by his wife and two children.
As a reminder, when the U.S. flag is flown at half-staff or half-mast, it should first be raised to the top for an instant, then immediately lowered to the half-staff or half-mast position. Prior to lowering the flag, it should be raised once more to the peak, then lowered.