Creach Family Files $14.7M Wrongful Death Claim

The family of Scott Creach, the Spokane Valley man killed by a sheriff’s deputy last summer, has filed a multi-million dollar wrongful death claim against Spokane County.

Creach was shot in the chest during an armed confrontation with Deputy Brian Hirzel in the parking lot of Creach’s nursery last August.

The claim, which is the first step toward a lawsuit, does not come as a surprise to Spokane County officials. The Creach family is seeking a maximum $14.7 Million in damages and compensation.

Creach’s family say Hirzel was trespassing on their property at the time of the incident. On the other hand several investigations have found that Creach refused to drop the pistol he was carrying and that Hirzel’s use of deadly force was justified.

Creach’s son Alan said Tuesday that this new legal action is the only way they get can access to physical evidence and independently test evidence. He says he is still pushing for changes to sheriff’s office policy and training so this type of incident doesn’t happen again.

“There was never any allowance for identification, never any allowance of OK this is the property owner and he was just coming out to check on his stuff. He was just shot and killed,” Alan Creach said in an interview back in January.

If Spokane County ignores the claim, Creach’s family will file a law suit in either superior or federal court