Spokane County Prosecutors: Sheriffs ‘justified’ in using lethal force during summer shooting
SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. — The Spokane County Prosecutors Office has determined that Spokane County Sheriffs Michael Brooks, Timothy Jones, Jerry Moffett, Jason Petrini, Randy Watts, Travis West and Brandon Wilson were “justified” in using lethal force against Bryan Bayne.
On the morning of August 19, officers were notified that Bayne had been driving recklessly on east Trent Avenue. While stopped at a Mobil gas station, Bayne was seen swinging an object at his truck, damaging the exterior of his vehicle and his windshield.
Bayne was armed with a pistol, and stated that he was “fighting demons and voices in his head, and he wasn’t going to jail,” according to a release from Spokane County Prosecutors office.
After unsuccessful attempts to persuade Bayne to drop his gun, backup units and a SWAT team were called to the scene. Throughout a two-hour standoff, Bayne pointed the gun at his head multiple times. He also shot the gun at the cab of his pickup to “be sure that the gun worked.”
After several police vehicles surrounded Bayne’s truck, he pointed his gun to the rear of his pickup, pointed at several positioned deputies. Concerned about their own safety, the deputies fired. Bayne was pronounced dead at the scene.
“There is no indication that any of the involved deputies acted out of malice or lacked a good faith belief in the correctness of their actions,” the statement says.
The office added that there will be no criminal liability attaches or charges filed regarding this case.
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