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UPDATE: Investigators find rifle in apartment of suspect shot by police

SPOKANE, Wash. - UPDATE: SIRR investigators found a loaded 30.06 rifle in the suspect's apartment Monday evening after a search warrant was served. According to police, the rifle was recovered from under the blanket on the couch.

The suspect remains at a local hospital in critical condition.

Investigators are asking that anyone who has not already been contacted by law enforcement and have any information regarding the incident to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.

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A Spokane police officer and sheriff's deputy were serving an eviction at an apartment when they saw the suspect reach for what they thought was a rifle. Both the officer and the deputy shot at the suspect, who was taken to the hospital.

A Spokane County Sheriff's Office deputy arrived at an apartment in the 5300 block of N. Regal St. Monday morning around 10:15. The deputy, who was informed that the occupant had made threats to law enforcement before, requested the assistance of Spokane Police. 

Medical personnel were also asked to stage in the area.

The deputy and officers entered the apartment with assistance from the manager. They saw the suspect sitting near a couch. The suspect reached under a blanket covering what the deputy and officers believed to be a weapon. 

The deputy and officers gave the suspect commands, which were ignored. Around 10:40, an officer told Dispatch that shots had been fired and requested medics to respond to the apartment. Law enforcement initiated life-saving measures until the medics arrived. The suspect was then transported to a local hospital. He was last known to be in surgery.

 

 

SIRR Team investigators and the Spokane County Forensic Unit are investigating. SIRR Team members are still on scene.

The SIRR Team is comprised of multiple agencies in eastern Washington, including the Spokane County Sheriff's Office, Spokane Police Department, the Washington State Patrol and the Spokane Valley Police. 

The deputy and officer who fired their weapons have been placed on administrative leave during the investigation.

If you have any information about the incident, you are asked to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.

The names of the deputy and officer involved have not yet been released. Once the investigation is complete, the case will be forwarded to the Spokane County Prosecutor's Office for review.


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