SPOKANE POLICE HAVE RELEASED BODY CAM VIDEO OF A MAN
DETERMINED TO COMMIT SUICIDE BY COPS.
BUT SOME OF YOU MAY FIND THE IMAGES GRAPHIC AND DISTURBING.
LAST APRIL MICHAEL KURTZ WAS SHOT TO DEATH NEAR THE
HOUSE OF CHARITY AFTER CHARGING OFFICERS WITH A LARGE
THAT'S WHERE KXLY FOUR'S JEFF HUMPHREY JOINS US LIVE.
JEFF KURTZ CREATED THE SITUATION THAT LEAD TO HIS
KURTZ CALLED 9-1-1, GAVE HIS LOCATION AND TOLD DISPATCHERS
HE WANTED POLICE TO KILL HIM SO HE COULD BE WITH HIS
RECENTLY DECEASED WIFE IN HEAVEN.
ARRIVING OFFICERS FOUND KURTZ FACING THIS BRICK WALL
ASKING THE COPS TO KILL HIM.
JUST ONE MINUTE AND 22 SECONDS LATER.
SHOTS WERE FIRED.
CHRIS LEQUIRE IS THE FIRST OF THREE OFFICERS WHO RESPOND
KURTZ'S CALL TO 911 AND IMMEDIATELY TRIES TO TALK
THE SUICIDAL MAN DOWN.
00;51 partner, my name is chris.
man, what's going on with you? i just want to die!!
well, we just want to help you man.00;56
00;57 kill me! no we don't want to do that.
that's how you help me 00;01
LEQUIRE ARMS HIMSELF WITH A TASER HOPING HE'LL BE
ABLE TO USE HIS CRITICAL INCIDENT TRAINING TO DE-ESCALATE
BUT KURTZ , WHO'S HOLDING A LARGE KNIFE TO HIS CHEST
ADVANCES ON THE OFFICERS WHO'VE TAKEN COVER BEHIND
THEIR PATROL CARS.
01;05 kill me! don't do it.
don't do it.
kill me! don't do it sir.
just put your knife down partner.
put it down stop now you stop! kill me.
index,index sound of taser nothing 01;19
THE TASER HAS NO EFFECT ON KURTZ BECAUSE THE DARTS
HIT KURTZ'S JACKET INSTEAD OF HIS BODY.
LEQUIRE RELOADS HIS TASER, POLICE SHOUT ADDITIONAL
COMMANDS AND KURTZ CLOSES WITHIN TEN FEET OF THE OFFICERS.
01;21 kill me! back up now! drop the knife, we want
to help you! kill me.
we want to help you.
don't make us shoot your partner.don't make us do
kill me! take it! shots fired shots fired.01;39
ANOTHER OFFICER RUSHES TO HIS PATROL CAR FOR A MEDIC
BAG IN THE HOPES OF HELPING KURTZ BUT THE MAN IS ALREADY
INVESTIGATORS SAY AFTER REVIEWING THIS BODY CAM VIDEO
AND THE STATEMENTS OF NEARBY WITNESSES, THEY THINK
THE OFFICERS DID EVERYTHING THEY COULD TO AVOID USING
TRACY MEIDL/SPOKANE POLICE DEPT.48;49 there was the
use of cover, there was a use of a taser as an alternative
to lethal force.
there were attempts to retreat and the use of force
was the final option 49;05
SPOKANE COUNTY PROSECUTOR LARRY HASKELL HAS DETERMINED
THE OFFICER'S USE OF DEADLY FORCE IN THIS SITUATION
WAS LAWFUL AND APPROPRIATE.
WE'VE PUT THE BODY CAM VIDEO, IN ITS ENTIRETY ON KXLY.COM
REPORTING IN SPOKANE, JEFF HUMPHREY, KXLY FOUR.