Officer, wanted man involved in lower South Hill shooting identified

SPOKANE, Wash. - Authorities have named the officer and wanted man involved in a shooting on the lower South Hill over the weekend. 

Spokane Police confirmed Officer Daniel Lesser fired a shot at 46-year-old Charles E. Jackson Jr. on Saturday. 

Lesser responded to the area of 6th and Maple just after 3:00 p.m. following reports Jackson was in the area. Jackson was wanted for an active felony warrant for unlawful possession of a firearm. 

Within a minute or two, the Lesser advised shots were fired and later clarified he fired a shot at the Jackson, who he believed was armed with a pistol. 

Police said Jackson then ran off. A call came in minutes later that a person matching the description of Jackson was sitting on a patio several blocks away. 

Police took Jackson into custody. It turns out, he was not wounded. Nobody else was injured in the shooting. 

Police said they recovered a replica pistol on Jackson’s person when he taken into custody. 

Lesser has been with the Spokane Police Department since 1995. He has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the investigation into the shooting. 

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