SPOKANE, Wash. - In what he calls an effort to be transparent, Spokane Police Chief Craig Meidl issued a statement Tuesday, saying despite reports of gunshots at the scene of a deadly shooting Monday night, officers did not recover a gun at the scene.
Chief Meidl told reporters Monday night that his officers responded to reports of a man firing a gun in the 600 block of West Montgomery. A neighbor told a KXLY4 reporter that he was the man being shot at.
According to Chief Meidl, "Officers on the scene also advised they observed the suspect holding a long object, which they believed to be consistent with a rifle or shotgun."
Officers fired shots and said the man, identified late today as 35-year old David M. Novak, ran back into the home. They weren't sure if he was injured. After securing the neighborhood and bringing in the department's armored vehicle, they found Novak dead inside. The medical examiner said he died from a gunshot wound to the chest.
Chief Meidl released a statement Tuesday afternoon saying that the Spokane Investigative Regional Response team is investigating this use of deadly force. Chief Meidl said he did not "want to circumvent that process or protocol, but I feel it is important to provide an update to the preliminary information."
Chief Meidl said "It was a promise I made when I became Chief - to be as open and transparent as possible and to provide as much information as I can with our community without jeopardizing an investigation."
He went on to say a baseball bat had been recovered at the scene, but that a gun was not located.
Chief Meidl said the SIRR team will continue to investigate and determine what happened. Officers on the scene were wearing body cameras, which investigators will review.
Get your weather forecast from people that actually live in your community. We update with short, easy-to-use video forecasts you can watch on your phone every day. Download the iOS or Android app here.
Prosecutor to announce whether Spokane Police officer will be charged for deadly shooting
Moses Lake Police arrest man who fell asleep in stolen car
- Prosecutor to announce whether Spokane Police officer will be charged for deadly shooting
- Moses Lake Police arrest man who fell asleep in stolen car
- Inmate who walked away from hospital found, booked into jail
- Man accused of filming women in N. Spokane store changing room
- Missing 75-year-old woman found safe
- Police arrest ten time convicted felon during traffic stop