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Morning Press: Fatal officer-involved shooting; pedestrian killed; farmers market opening

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In case you missed them, here are some of the top stories from the week:

Officer-involved shooting closes Fourth Plain in central Vancouver

Three Vancouver police officers shot a man Tuesday morning while responding to an assault at Fourth Plain Boulevard and Stapleton Road in central Vancouver.

A physical disturbance between two men was reported about 11:10 a.m. Arriving officers found one man lying unconscious on the ground. The other refused police commands to drop sharpened objects he was holding, according to the Vancouver Police Department.

Police: Man, 18, intentionally struck, killed skateboarder in Vancouver parking lot

An 18-year-old man was arrested Wednesday after police say he intentionally ran over a skateboarder in a parking lot in central Vancouver. The 45-year-old victim later died of his injuries at a hospital.

The victim’s name is not being released until his family has been notified of his death, according to the Vancouver Police Department.

Washington’s stay-at-home order won’t be lifted Monday

OLYMPIA — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said Wednesday the state has to see more progress in several areas, including the daily number of new coronavirus cases and deaths, before social distancing restrictions can safely be lifted.

At a news conference, Inslee confirmed the state’s stay-at-home order that was enacted March 23 would remain in place beyond May 4 and said he would have more details Friday “on the phased-in approach about how we will open our economy in a safe way.”

Vancouver Farmers Market opens Saturday with restrictions in place

The Vancouver Farmers Market will open this weekend, with some restrictions in place to limit the risk of spreading COVID-19.

The market will operate at its usual downtown location from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays for the time being. The first hour of the market on both days will be reserved for seniors and immunocompromised customers.

Former Evergreen schools teacher sues after MAGA hat dispute

A Washougal man who brought a “Make America Great Again” hat to an Evergreen Public Schools employee training session on diversity and racial equity has filed a federal lawsuit alleging he was defamed and deprived of his civil rights because of his political beliefs.

Eric Dodge, a former teacher, names former Wy’east Middle School Principal Caroline Garrett and district human resources manager Janae Gomes in the complaint filed in United States District Court. The complaint alleges that Dodge suffered “emotional devastation” and a “recurrence of debilitating stroke symptoms” after being “verbally attacked and defamed by his new principal for the political opinions he held as a private citizen — specifically, statements in support of President Trump,” according to the complaint.


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