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Medical examiner identifies man killed in deputy-involved shooting

SPOKANE, Wash. - The medical examiner has identified the suspect who stabbed and held his girlfriend hostage, an incident that led to a deadly confrontation with police Wednesday.

Spokane police say the suspect shot by two deputies Wednesday afternoon after a brief chase stabbed his girlfriend Tuesday night, then wouldn't let her leave her house.

The suspect was identified by the medical examiner Friday morning as 47-year-old Edward Stanley Gover. Gover's cause of death was listed as multiple gunshot wounds to his lower body and one shot to his pelvis.

Wednesday morning Gover's 69-year-old girlfriend ran to a neighbor's house to call 911, reporting that she was stabbed and held captive by knifepoint by Gover overnight Tuesday.

"Her boyfriend did take some of her belongings and refused to allow her to leave the residence," Spokane police Maj. Craig Meidl said.

Suspect stabbed, held girlfriend captive prior to shooting

Before officers arrived at the home, Gover took the woman's Mercedes and drove around the neighborhood, passing the home she was in on the phone with 911 several times. Police said he passed by again when deputies were there.

"The suspect took off. Short vehicle pursuit lasting a couple of blocks ensued. The suspect then fled from the vehicle," Meidl said.

A witness saw Gover jump a fence, and officers believed he was heading back to the victim's house.

"Other deputies were still out at the victim's residence and were able to determine that clearly he was trying to make his way back to the victim's residence. This is the victim he had already stabbed the night before. This victim he had not allowed to leave and this is the victim whose car he had just stolen," Meidl said.

Deputies positioned themselves in between Gover and the victim's house, where she was told to go inside and lock the doors.

When they tried to detain Gover in the yard outside, the situation escalated, and one deputy fired five rounds from his service weapon, hitting the suspect in the torso. A second deputy fired a shotgun once at Gover.

Officers performed CPR on him until medics arrived; he was transported to an area hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Standard operating procedure following a shooting incident is for the officers involved to turn in the weapons involved in the incident as part of the investigation and for them to be placed on paid administrative leave until the shooting investigation has been completed.

The deputies involved in the shooting, who have not been identified yet, will be interviewed by investigators Friday.