Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich sent another,
strongly worded letter to Spokane County GOP officials
asking them to censure Washington State Representative
Since 2011, Representative Shea has attacked the
Sheriff's Office on several different occasions,
Knezovich writes in the letter. His attacks have
been open and public. These attacks have led to our
deputies receiving death threats based on the warped
narrative Representative Shea has given the public
concerning these events. These attacks have intensified
over the past two years.
The letter was addressed
to Susan Wilmoth, State Committeewoman
for the Spokane County Republican Central Committee.
Knezovich told KXLY 4 that he also plans to send the
letter to Dave Moore, Chairman of the Spokane GOP,
and Mike Volz, State Committeeman for the Spokane
Sheriff Knezovich first requested Shea be censured
on Sept. 21. If the party didn't comply, Knezovich
said he would pull his support for any Republican
candidate who supports Shea.
This recent feud stems from comments Shea said on
his podcast, Patriot Radio. On the Aug. 15 episode,
Rep. Shea said There were rumors that Roy Murry was
somehow connected to Ozzie Knezovich and the sheriff's
department. Somebody that is in jail right now, charged
with a triple homicide, a gun traces back to a sheriff's
Roy Murry, a former Spokane County Sheriff's Office
volunteer, was arrested for a triple homicide in Colbert,
Wash. last year.
This latest clash between Knezovich and Shea is far
from the first. In the letter, Knezovich lists numerous
events in which Shea politically attacked the Spokane
County Sheriff's Office.
At a time when law enforcement is under attack from
media and activists, Representative Shea has chosen
to join in this attack by making these false claims,
Knezovich said in the letter. These types of claims
have an effect of causing our public to doubt and
question the credibility of their peace officers.
Sadly as a result of these continual attacks on the
credibility of law enforcement, we have police offices
[sic] and deputies being assassinated across our great
You can read Knezovich's letter here.