THE SPOKANE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE HAS RELEASED THE
NAMES OF THE SIX DEPUTIES INVOLVED IN THAT FATAL SHOOTING
IN THE VALLEY LAST WEEK.
23 YEAR OLD JED ZILLMER, AN ARMY VETERAN, WAS KILLED
DURING AN ARMED STANDOFF NEAR THE SPOKANE VALLEY MALL.
THE DEPUTIES WHO APPEARED TO HAVE FIRED THEIR WEAPONS
ARE BRETT HUBBELL, JEFF THURMAN, DALE MOYER, RYAN
WALTER, BRIAN HIRZEL AND RANDY WATTS.
THURMAN AND HIRZEL HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN PREVIOUS
DEPUTY HIRZEL SHOT AND KILLED SCOTT CREACH AT HIS
SPOKANE VALLEY PLANT STORE IN AUGUST OF 2010.
KXLY4'S JEFF HUMPHREY WORKING FOR YOU TONIGHT AT THE
PUBLIC SAFETY BUILDING.
JEFF ALL SIX DEPUTIES OPENED FIRE?
NOT ALL OF THE DEPUTIES HAVE BEEN FORMALLY INTERVIEWED
BUT A CHECK OF THEIR WEAPONS SHOWED BULLETS MISSING
FROM SIX DIFFERENT MAGAZINES.
THE APPEARANCE THAT A HALF DOZEN OF THEM SIMULTANEOUSLY
OPENED FIRE SUGGESTS THEY ALL SAW THE SAME THREAT
AT THE SAME TIME.
THE EVENTS THAT LED UP TO JED ZILLMER GETTING SHOT
BY SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES LASTED CLOSE TO AN HOUR.
A PURSUIT TO COEUR D' ALENE AND BACK AND DURING THAT
TIME ZILLMER WAS ON THE PHONE TELLING DISPATCHERS
HE WOULD SHOOT CIVILIANS IF IT TOOK TOO LONG FOR DEPUTIES
TO SHOOT HIM.
OZZIE KNEZOVICH, SPOKANE SHERIFF
The deputies on scene did the best that they could
to diffuse the situation and they were put in the
horrible position to have to take his life.
SEVERAL OF THE DEPUTIES WHO OPENED FIRE ARE ALSO MILITARY
VETERANS INCLUDING RANDY WATTS WHO'S BEEN ON THE FORCE
FOR JUST TEN MONTHS.
THE OFFICERS PLEADED WITH ZILLMER NOT TO END HIS YOUNG
LIFE THIS WAY.
THAT'S WHEN ZILLMER GOT OUT -- AND POINTED A GUN AT
HIMSELF -- AND ADJUSTED HIS BULLETPROOF VEST.
SHERIFF OZZIE KNEZOVICH, SPOKANE COUNTY @ :12 8
Doing that, officers opened fire because there was
some kind of movement.
TWO OF THE DEPUTIES WHO OPENED FIRE HAD USED DEADLY
JEFF THURMAN SHOT A MAN SHOOTING AT HIM IN 2007.
BRIAN HIRZEL SHOT SCOTT CREACH HERE AT THE PLANT FARM
TODAY CREACH'S SON ALAN SAID HE WAS SORRY FOR ZILLMER'S
23;45 young men make mistakes, they say things they
shouldn't say they get upset.
but we've got to find a way to deal with, particularly
veterans...good people when they're upset other than
what happened here 23;56
CREACH SAYS HE'S DOESN'T HAVE ENOUGH INFORMATION TO
COMMENT ON THIS LATEST SHOOTING BUT IS STILL PUSHING
FOR MORE TRAINING THAT TEACHES DEPUTIES HOW TO DE-ESCALATE
EVEN ARMED STANDOFFS.
25;30 i just wish we could come back and have different
different methods of handling these kinds of conflicts.
whether that deals with what happened on august 25th,
i don't want to comment on that but i'm not grinding
an ax with brian hirzel.
he's an officer that's operating as he's been trained.
OZZIE KNEZOVICH NOT ABLE TO TALK WITH REPORTERS AGAIN
UNTIL THE FORMAL INTERVIEWS WITH HIS DEPUTIES ARE
HOWEVER HE HOPES TO RELEASE AN AUDIO RECORDING OF
THE THINGS MR.
ZILLMER WAS SAYING TO DISPATCHERS AS EARLY AS TOMORROW.
REPORTING IN SPOKANE, JEFF HUMPHREY, KXLY FOUR.