County corrects information; carjacking victim not dead

County corrects information; carjacking victim not dead

Spokane County issued a correction to a news release sent Monday about a police shooting, clarifying that a victim they said had died is actually still alive.

In the release, Spokane County said two Spokane Police officers were justified in shooting a carjacking suspect in the parking lot of the North Shadle Walmart.

In that release, the county said the carjacking suspect had shot someone two days before and that man had died from his injuries. In a release sent Tuesday morning, the county changed that information.

County spokesperson Jared Webley writes:

“Yesterday, a news release was released regarding a determination of justified use of deadly force. The news release indicated that a victim of a carjacking/shooting was wounded and succumbed to those injuries. When the incident occurred, the victim was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, but did not succumb to those injuries. The Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office apologizes for this error and any confusion that it may have caused.”

This is the second time in recent weeks that a local agency has released inaccurate information about a person being alive. On January 20th, the City of Spokane issued a news release saying a woman who fell on the city’s new ice ribbon had died. At the time she was still alive and the city corrected its information the next day.

That woman did eventually die from her injuries.