Deputy shoots, kills man in Spokane Valley
SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash.– A Spokane County deputy shot and killed a man in Spokane Valley Sunday night.
In a press release, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office said at about 6:45 p.m., a deputy tried to stop a man who was driving “very reckless and erratically” near Valleyway and Mullan. The driver took off, continuing to drive dangerously, according to the sheriff’s office. Deputies reported the driver going into opposite lanes and hitting parked cars. Spike strips deployed initially did not stop the man.
That chase ended near Sprague Avenue and North University Road in Spokane Valley. That’s where the sheriff’s office said a deputy used his patrol vehicle to try to immobilize the suspect’s car. But, it didn’t work. The sheriff’s office said the man drove toward another marked patrol car and two deputies. That’s when one deputy fired his weapon and hit the driver, according to the sheriff’s office.
No deputies were injured, but the man shot died on scene.
The deputy who fired his weapon was placed on administrative leave. Two other deputies involved in the incident are also on leave. The sheriff’s office said this is standard protocol.
Now, the Spokane Independent Investigative Response Team (SIRR) will look into whether the deputy was justified in his use of force. The SIIR Team includes multiple agencies in eastern Washington, including the Spokane Police Department, the Washington State Patrol, Liberty Lake Police Department, Airway Heights Police Department, and the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office. Once that investigation is over, the case will be forwarded to the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office for review.
The sheriff’s department could not confirm Sunday whether the person shot had a firearm or any other kind of weapon on him. A press release noted that the deputy who fired his weapon will be named at a later time. The Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office has not yet released the name of the man killed.
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