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Vancouver Cop Stabbed and Shot to Death by Armed Robber; Finally Indicted by Jury in Washington

Vancouver Cop Stabbed and Shot to Death by Armed Robber; Finally Indicted by Jury in Washington

A Yakima man has been convicted by a Clark County Superior Court jury for the murder of off-duty Vancouver police Officer Donald Sahota.

The verdict came after eight hours of deliberation.

Julio Segura, 23, has been found guilty of multiple charges including first-degree murder, second-degree murder, first-degree robbery, possession of a stolen vehicle, and attempting to elude law enforcement officers.

However, he was acquitted of charges related to attempted murder, attempted kidnapping, and first-degree burglary. In addition to the murder convictions, the jury also determined that Segura was armed with a deadly weapon, which was considered an aggravating factor.

Segura’s sentencing has been scheduled for 2 p.m. on June 27. He could potentially be sentenced to 25 to 32 years.

“It has been a long, emotional wait for the family and friends of Donald Sahota and while we are grateful for this verdict, the pain and tragedy of Don’s death remains. Don was a beloved husband, father, son, brother, and friend who will always be missed and never forgotten,” Vancouver Police Chief Jeff Mori expressed his condolences for the loss of Don.

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During the evening of January 29, 2022, Segura and Sahota engaged in a struggle in Sahota’s Battle Ground driveway, resulting in Sahota being stabbed. Law enforcement from various agencies pursued Segura to the location in relation to an armed robbery at an Orchard gas station.

Shortly after, Deputy Jonathan Feller from the Clark County sheriff’s office arrived on the scene and unfortunately shot Sahota by mistake.

During his testimony on Wednesday, Segura claimed that he acted in self-defense by using his pocket knife to stab Sahota three times. During the trial, the previous medical examiner of Clark County testified that Sahota’s cause of death was determined to be gunshot wounds.

However, prosecutors maintained that Segura’s actions were responsible for Sahota’s death. He was initially charged with three counts of first-degree murder, two of which were felony murder charges that the judge dismissed on Thursday.

“Our office wants to thank the jury for their dedication and service on this very important case. And it has been an honor for the prosecution team to seek justice for the Sahota family,” Clark County Prosecutor Tony Golik said following the verdict.

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