Spokane police officer shoots, kills man who was reportedly firing at neighbors

Spokane police officer shoots, kills man who was reportedly firing at neighbors

One man is dead following an officer involved shooting late Monday night near the 600 block of West Montgomery Avenue in Spokane.

Spokane Police Chief Craig Meidl said someone called 911 around 10:30 p.m. saying a man in his neighborhood was shooting at him.

When officers got there, they heard at least one gunshot coming from the area suspected gunman’s home. Just after that, one officer fired his service rifle at the suspect. It’s believed the man was standing somewhere outside his home at the time.

SPD says the man then ran back inside. Officers were not sure if he had been hit by the gunshot or if he was injured. Out of precaution, SPD evacuated surrounding homes and told other neighbors to shelter in place.

Officers then used an armored vehicle to approach the suspect’s home. When they got closer, they were able to see the man appeared to be injured and unconscious.

Both police and medics from the Spokane Fire Department went inside and tried to provide first aid, but the man died at the scene.

No officers were injured. The identity of the officer who fired his weapon has not yet been released but Chief Meidl did identify the officer as a man.

The Spokane Investigative Regional Response Team is now investigating. The identity of the suspect killed will be released by the Spokane County Medical Examiner. Officers on scene were wearing body cameras. Any footage captured will be reviewed by investigators.

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