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Spokane Police Officer named in Jan. 7 shooting

SPOKANE, Wash. - The name of the Spokane Police officer involved in the Officer Involved Shooting (OIS) that took place on January 7 has been released.

That night, around 10:30, Officer Brandon Rankin along with other officers responded to shots fired in the 600 block of West Montgomery in Spokane.

One man was shot and killed by Officer Rankin. No officers were harmed in the encounter.

More information on that story can be found here.

Rankin was hired by the Spokane Police Department (SPD) in May of 2015.  In September of 2017, he earned the Chief’s Citation Award as part of the Enhancing the Survival Mindset program.

Officer Rankin is a 2007 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics. In the same year, he entered service into the United States Army as a Second Lieutenant in the Aviation Branch.

He separated from service with the United States Army at the rank of Captain and was honorably discharged in 2015.

Officer Rankin received several military awards and decorations to include: the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, two Meritorious Service Medals, Army Aviator Badge, Air Assault Badge, and Gold German Armed Forces for Military Proficiency Badge.

During the department's initial investigation, the suspect's gun was not found at the scene.


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