NO CRIMINAL CHARGES WILL BE FILED AGAINST SIX SPOKANE
COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES WHO SHOT AND KILLED A DESPONDENT,
YOUNG VETERAN NEAR THE SPOKANE VALLEY MALL NEARLY
KXLY FOUR'S JEFF HUMPHREY JOINS US LIVE IN THE STUDIO
WITH WHY PROSECUTORS SAY THE DEPUTIES USE OF FORCE
LIKE A LOT OF OUR OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTINGS, THIS
ONE INVOLVED SOMEONE WHO WAS SO UNHAPPY ABOUT THE
WAY THEY HAD BEEN TREATED, THEY HAD DECIDED A VOLLEY
OF GUNFIRE WOULD BE THE BEST WAY TO END THEIR SUFFERING.
BUT UNLIKE MOST SUICIDE BY COP SENARIOS, JED ZILLMER
WAS NOT A DESPERATE CRIMINAL, BUT A DECORATED YOUNG
JED ZILLMER WAS A STUDENT AT SPOKANE FALLS COMMUNITY
COLLEGE AND WORKED AT AN ON-CAMPUS OFFICE THAT HELPED
RETURNING VETS READJUST TO CIVILIAN LIFE.
STEVEN WARD/VETERAN RESOURCES COORDINATOR/SFCC 52;06
he came and joined our team just because he learned
fast and got with the program.he knew a lot of the
benefits that were available to the veterans and he
just wanted to help share that 52;15
UNFORTUNATELY THE U-S- ARMY HAD DENIED ZILLMER'S 50
THOUSAND DOLLAR INSURANCE CLAIM FOR HAVING PART OF
HIS FOOT SHOT OFF IN AFGHANISTAN.
HE WAS SUFFERING FROM PTSD AND ONE NIGHT IN FEBRUARY,
ZILLMER'S FEELINGS OF BETRAYAL ERUPTED ON INTERSTATE
DEPUTY SHOOTING 2/27/14
Again, he is heavily armed, he's currently that he
wants to be shot in the head, saying he'll shoot in
the air until we shoot him.
Says he doesn't plan to harm citizens.
Unless we take too long to shoot him.
ZILLMER LED POLICE AND SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES ON AN HOUR-LONG
PURSUIT THAT CROSSED THE STATE LINE TWICE.
HIS CONVERSATIONS WITH DISPATCHERS WERE DESIGNED TO
MAKE OFFICERS GEAR UP FOR A DEADLY FORCE CONFRONTATION.
deputy: Is he communicating with disptach or who is
he communicating with?
dispatcher He's online with the city supervisor -
he's adamant he's going to follow through with his
ONCE STOPPED NEAR THE SPOKANE VALLEY MALL, ZILLMER
UPPED THE STAKES EMERGING FROM HIS SMOKING HONDA WEARING
A BALLISTIC VEST AND A PISTOL IN HIS HAND.
deputy: he's got a gun.
dispatch sullivan an indiana, he's got a gun
THE DEPUTIES, MANY OF THEM FORMER SERVICEMEN, PLEADED
WITH ZILLMER TO DISARM HIMSELF, BUT THE YOUNG VETERAN
KNEW WHAT IT WOULD TAKE TO MAKE THE OFFICER'S OPEN
what is he, taking off his vest?
yep, making it easier for us.
AND THAT'S WHEN ZILLMER, WITH ONE GUN POINTED AT HIS
HEAD, REACHED FOR ANOTHER IN HIS VEST.
Shots fired, shots fired, shots fired.
PROSECUTORS HAVE CONCLUDED THAT BASED ON ZILLMER'S
ACTIONS, THE THREATS HE MADE TO SHOOT AT CIVILIANS,
AND HIS PROXIMITY TO NEARBY STORES THE DEPUTIES USE
OF FORCE WAS JUSTIFIED.
BUT THE FACT NO CHARGES WILL BE FILED IN THIS CASE
DOESN'T EASE THE PAIN OF ZILLMER'S FAMILIES OR THE
REPORTING IN SPOKANE, JEFF HUMPHREY, KXLY FOUR.