Court documents detail deadly shootings

Author: Colleen O'Brien, Reporter / Weekend Anchor, colleeno@kxly.com
Published On: May 17 2013 08:13:29 PM PDT   Updated On: May 17 2013 08:13:41 PM PDT
Shooting suspect Justin Cairns
SPOKANE, Wash. -

While police aren't talking, court documents filed Friday afternoon lay out what happened in two deadly shootings in north Spokane and Nine Mile Falls early Thursday morning.

Cyrus Jones, 33, was shot by 21-year-old Justin Cairns near the intersection of W. Grace Ave. and Maple St. Jones later died at Sacred Heart Medical Center. Witnesses led police to Cairns at a home on Charles Road in the Nine Mile Falls area.

There, police say Cairns came outside and failed to follow police orders. Officers opened fire, killing Cairns. 

According to court documents, the incident started just before 1 a.m. Thursday when witnesses said Jones was shot in the chest and lying in the street. They say Cairns was in his truck nearby and even pointed a gun at a witness, saying "You want some, too?"

While Jones lay dying in the street, police say witnesses directed them to a home in Nine Mile Falls, where Cairns lived with his grandparents.

Officer Jim Christensen, according to the report, spotted Cairns in the back of the home. Officers told Cairns to put his hands up and get on his knees. But Christensen said he pointed at officers with his left hand put his right hand down on his waist.

Cairns then hopped a fence and took off; Officer Christensen then heard other officers in the front of the house identify themselves to Cairns. He followed the path Cairns took over the fence and found a .380 semiautomatic pistol in the grass.

The three officers in the front of the house opened fire on Cairns and he was hit at least once in the head. Investigators took a pellet gun, shell casings and the .380 semiautomatic pistol from the scene as evidence.

Police also recovered shell casings for the .380 semiautomatic where Jones was killed.

The court documents are missing one thing: What those officers saw that caused them to fire their weapons. That information is part of the sheriff's office's investigation into the case.

On Friday, Cairns' neighbors said he struggled with drugs in the past. In 2010 The Inlander featured an article about Cairns in his McDonald's uniform where he explained how things got so bad for him because he was addicted to cough medicine.

"It's powerful. I saw it as this 'next-world' thing," Cairns said. "I went downhill really fast."

Cairns' grandparents and uncle politely declined an interview Friday.