Sheriff’s Office: Man killed by Spokane deputy was unarmed

Heavy law enforcement presence was reported near Post and Wedgwood.
Heavy law enforcement presence was reported near Post and Wedgwood. Copyright 4 News Now

SPOKANE, Wash. — The man killed by a deputy in North Spokane on Friday was 25-year-old Clando Anitok, according to the Spokane County Medical Examiner.

The Medical Examiner said Anitok died from a gunshot wound to the head.

During a press conference on Friday, Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said a deputy attempted a traffic stop that led to a pursuit around 3:50 a.m. The pursuit ended when Anitok hit a fence near Post and Wedgewood.

Knezovich said Anitok got out of his vehicle and walked toward a deputy. Though a deputy gave calls for Anitok to stop, Knezovich said he refused. The deputy attempted to deploy a taser, which failed.

Knezovich said Anitok ran away, but again stopped and reached into his pocket. A deputy fired a shot when Anitok did not follow commands, Knezovich said. An investigation found Anitok did not have a weapon on him.

The deputy involved has not been identified, but has been placed on administrative leave per protocol.

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