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Nikkolas W Lookabill

Vancouver, Washington

September 7, 2010

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
22 Army Spc

3-116 Cavalry

Woodburn, Oregon

 Deployed to Iraq from May 2009 to May 2010 -  PTSD

News Release from: Vancouver Police Dept.
Posted: September 8th, 2010 4:16 PM

On September 7, 2010 Vancouver Police responded to a report of a man with a gun in the 3000 block of Fruit Valley Road. When Officers arrived they contacted Nikkolas W. Lookabill, 22, of Vancouver. Mr. Lookabill was engaging in threatening activity and was refusing Police Officer commands. Three Officers on scene fired their weapons, striking Mr. Lookabill, who died at the scene.

The investigation into the shooting is being conducted by the Clark County Major Crimes Team and no further information on the investigation is available at this time.
From KOIN TV 6 koinlocal6.com 09/07/10:

Man shot, killed in Vancouver was Oregon guardsman
Published: 9/07 6:24 am Last Update: 7:19 pm 
VANCOUVER, Wash. - Vancouver Police responded to a hostile scene Tuesday morning that resulted in the shooting death of a member of the Oregon Army National Guard.

Officers responded to Fruit Valley Road and Fourth Plain around 3:30a.m. Tuesday to find 22-year-old Nikkolas W. Lookabill making threats with a hand gun, according to Vancouver Police.

Lookabill, a Vancouver resident, rejected police requests to put the weapon down and continued to make threats when police opened fire.

Three Vancouver Police officers are on routine, paid administrative leave after the shooting. The department identified the officers on Wednesday as 41-year-old John Schultz, 32-year-old Frank Gomez and 38-year-old Gerardo Gutierrez.

"We heard the officers yelling, saying 'back up he's got a gun,' and a few minutes later we heard the gunfire," said Tina Gallucci who lives in the area.

John Conley also lives in the neighborhood and said he heard six "pop" sounds before hitting the deck.

Jesse Farnsworth, a store clerk who works near the area, also said he heard six shots fired, which were quickly followed by more police cars.

I also saw an ambulance just a minute later, said Farnsworth.

Neighbors who knew Lookabill said he was very kind and initially confirmed his service in Iraq.

Lookabill was an Oregon Army National Guard Specialist attached to the 3-116 Cavalry, based in Woodburn, Ore.

He joined the National Guard in 2008 and was recently deployed to Iraq from May 2009 to May 2010 with the Guard's 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team.

Oregon National Guard Reintegration Manager Don Weber said service men and women need to have hyper-vigilance around the clock in combat situations, and when they come home it is not easy to turn that mechanism off.

"When you come home you need to reintegrate into an environment where you can react to emotions and feelings; but when you're in a combat operation--you can't deal with feelings and emotions--you have to turn those off," said Weber.

Weber said he sees the entire range of post-traumatic stress disorder--from no symptoms to heavy alcohol abuse--often because veterans can not remove themselves from the mindset of war.

"When you have to turn those things on to save your life, shutting it off feels counter to saving your life," said Weber.

No officers were injured in the shooting, which was the seventh officer-involved shooting in Washington in less than three weeks, according to the Associated Press.
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