SPOKANE, Wash. - While investigating the death of an adult woman whose body was found in a residence in the 2500 block of N. Standard, Spokane Police confronted a man who arrived at the house, which ended in officers shooting the man.
The shooting happened just before 2 p.m. Tuesday. A KXLY photographer was filming the scene approximately 20 yards away when a man pulled up in a pickup truck and several officers turned, looked at him and said, "That's him! That's him!"
A brief volley of gunfire followed as officers fired at the man, who fell to the ground. Shortly afterward paramedics went up to check the man's condition and then walked away.
According to witnesses the man had something in his hand when officers opened fire on him. A still frame of the video shot by a KXLY photographer shows the man exiting his truck with a gun in his left hand.
The identity of the man is not known.
Detectives had originally been at the home investigating a woman's death as a possible homicide. During that investigation they developed a person of interest in her death and began searching for that person. That individual was the same person who drove through the police barricade and was shot and killed by police officers.
There is no additional information available on the circumstances surrounding the woman's death as of Tuesday afternoon. Her identity is also not known.
Authorities did confirm there have been 10 separate calls for service at the residence in the last year, but not all of those calls resulted in a police report.
While Spokane Police detectives will continue to investigating the death of the woman inside the home, the Spokane County Sheriff's Office has taken charge of the shooting investigation as the lead law enforcement agency in the Spokane Incident Regional Response Team.
The officers in the shooting will be placed on administrative leave, as is protocol in officer-involved shootings, and be interviewed in the next few days about their roles in the shooting, which is standard procedure for officer-involved shootings.
The officers who were involved will be identified by authorities at a later date.
The medical examiner will identify both the homicide victim and the person of interest as well as their causes of death, after autopsies are performed on both individuals.
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