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Names released of 3 officers involved in Walmart shooting

SPOKANE, Wash. - The names of the Spokane police officers involved in the Walmart parking lot shooting have been released: Sergeant Brian Eckersley, Officer Darrell Quarles and Officer Ryan Smith. 

Investigators said Officers Quarles and Smith fired their weapons. Sgt. Eckersley did not fire a weapon, but used his car to block the suspects vehicle in the parking lot. 

Chad Cochell. 34, was killed by officers after he failed to obey orders and get out of a stolen white explorer. The explorer had been stolen in a violent car-jacking two days prior and the owner of the vehicle had been shot and sent to the hospital.

Sgt. Eckersley has been an officer with the Spokane Police Department for almost 18 years. He's received a number of awards during his tenure, including the Chief’s Citation Award in September 2009 and January 2010.

Officer Quarles has been a Spokane police officer since June of 2008. He was involved with the Airway Heights Police Deportment and Cheney Police Department before becoming a Spokane officer.

Officer Smith Has spent almost two years with the Spokane Police Department. Prior to becoming a Spokane officer, he worked for the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office from nearly 16 years.  He was a United States Air Force Medical Technician from 1992-2000.