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No criminal charges for officers involved in September shooting

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane County Prosecutor's Office has determined that a Spokane police officer was justified in using deadly force to arrest a wanted felon on September 18, 2017.

Spokane police were given a briefing on the suspect, Anthony Davis, in late August. Officers were told that Davis was wanted out of Reno, Nevada, for felon in possession of a firearm, discharging a firearm into a vehicle, and assault with a deadly weapon. Davis was also a suspect in an unsolved Reno homicide from which the murder weapon had not yet been located. Officers were also told that Davis was armed and dangerous.

Officer Seitz and McMurtrey saw Davis near N. Lincoln and W. Maxwell early in the morning on September 18. They told Davis he was under arrest, but Davis fled the scene in a blue Dodge Avenger with a male passenger. Davis eventually lost control of his vehicle as he tried to turn westbound on Sinto, and struck a tree. Both he and the passenger fled on foot north through a parking lot and attempted to scale a fence. The male passenger succeeded, but Davis did not.

Officers Seitz and McMurtrey arrived on scene and yelled at Davis to stop. McMurtrey told Davis to “stop or I'll shoot you.” Davis ignored his commands and ran right at Seitz with his right hand concealed in his waistband.

Seitz fired twice at Davis, hitting him in the right bicep. 

Davis was taken into custody and transported to Sacred Heart Medical Center.

A 9mm Lorcin handgun was found in the alley just beyond the fence where the male passenger from Davis’ vehicle had fled.