Police: Fugitive shot and killed during standoff in Ridgefield

Police: Fugitive shot and killed during standoff in Ridgefield »Play Video
Police fire tear gas during a standoff with a wanted man Friday in Ridgefield, Wash.

RIDGEFIELD, Wash. -- The Clark County Sheriff's Office says an armed fugitive was shot and killed Friday after an hours-long standoff with deputies and U.S. Marshals.

Derral Kenneth Mosby, 36, was wanted for several felony warrants on robbery and drug possession, according to WSP. Mosby, from Mossy Rock, Wash., was also one of Washington's most wanted.

According to U.S. Marshals, they got a report that Mosby was at his parents’ house earlier in the day. When they first arrived at the home on Northeast 29th Avenue, they thought the house was empty, but when they went around back, the backdoor opened, and then quickly shut.

The Marshals pull back and called in a SWAT team.

At 1:45 p.m. they say they saw a window open and a bloody arm threw out a paper airplane. At that time, they said they recognized the man as Mosby.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office then took the lead, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.

Police said they tried to get Mosby to peaceably surrender. But according to Clark County Sheriff Garry Lucas, by late afternoon Mosby told police how the standoff would end, came out of the house with a gun and threatened police. He was shot.

“We had an individual who was pretty much armed and pretty much told us how this thing was going to end. The problem is he puts many other people in jeopardy by his actions," Sheriff Lucas said.

Mosby was treated for his injuries at the scene and was loaded into an ambulance but died, according to the sheriff's office.

A spokesman for the U.S. Marshals Service told KATU News the Mosby home on Northeast 29th Avenue in Ridgefield wasn't the first place they looked for him on Friday. The manhunt started at a farm in Vancouver, two miles away. 

Laura Taylor lives on the farm property. She said Marshals arrived around 10 a.m. and spent three hours searching a barn and other buildings. 

"They were all decked out in their uniforms and rifles and flak jackets," Taylor said, "It was something like you'd see off of TV, or in a movie."

No law enforcement personnel were injured during the standoff.

Mosby's body was taken to the medical examiner's office.

A week ago, Washington State Patrol troopers shut down the southbound Gee Creek rest area on Interstate 5 just south of Ridgefield after Mosby's father told them his son said he was there.

In another development, a stolen car linked to Mosby was found in Albany on Sunday (Mar. 9).

After following each lead with an extensive search, law enforcement couldn't locate their suspect.