Sheriff says man shot by deputies was abusing girlfriend, child

Kings Apartment Complex

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. —Spokane County deputies shot an armed man who was suspected of beating his girlfriend and child, according to the the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO). 

The sheriff’s office said deputies were first called to a domestic violence incident at a Spokane Valley apartment complex near Pines and Cataldo at 4:25 p.m. Sunday. A woman called 911 saying she and her child were being attacked by her boyfriend, who was intoxicated.

Responding deputies reported that the suspect was surrounded by weapons and had a gun. The sheriff’s office said initial information indicated that deputies gave commands and then shots were fired. SCSO confirmed that four deputies shot at the suspect. The agency did not say whether the suspect fired a weapon.

The suspect was the only person injured in the incident. He’s in critical, but stable condition at the hospital, according to a press release.

The Spokane Investigative Regional Response (SIRR) Team is investigating the incident. The SCSO will release the names of the deputies involved at a later time. All four that fired their weapons are now on administrative leave.

The SIRR Team is  comprised of agencies across Spokane County, including the Spokane Police Department, Washington State Patrol, Spokane Valley Police Department and the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

For anyone suffering through domestic violence, or wants to provide help to others who are, there are several resources available:

  • YWCA: (509) 326-1190
  • Lutheran Community Services: (509) 624-7273
  • Safe Passage: (208) 664-9303
  • Idaho Legal Aid Services: 1-800-500-2980 or 667-9559 in the Coeur d’Alene area

This is a developing story.