SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane County Medical Examiner has released the name of the man who died in Wednesday's officer involved shooting.
Chad Cochell. 34, was killed by officers after he failed to obey orders and get out of a stolen white explorer. The explorer had been stolen in a violent car-jacking two days prior and the owner of the vehicle had been shot and sent to the hospital.
A weapon was found near Cochell after he was shot.
A friend of Cochell's says he has a history of mental illness, which he had been treated for during his prior incarcerations.
"They started mental treatment that continued when he got out the last time," said Jennifer Campbell, "and it continued when he went back to prison after that."
She said he was normally very on top of those medications and would frequently check in with her. She says she is listed as his medical contact.
She said Cochell had stopped calling the last few weeks and she suspects he had stopped taking his medications, which may have changed how he acted.
"As far as being violent," she said, "he's not violent. But the cops don't know that and it is a hard thing for anybody. I don't know what the heck was going through his head, he knew better and he should have gotten out of the car."
She says its a tragic situation across the board.
"He shouldn't have had a gun and the police shouldn't have been put in that situation."
The Spokane County Medical Examiner determined that Cochell died of multiple rifle and shotgun wounds to the his chest and upper extremities.
The officers name's haven't been released yet but Spokane Police Chief Craig Meidl says they will be put on administrative leave as is standard practice and a full report will be given to prosecutors to determine whether the officers acted appropriately.
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