Lincoln County Deputy Fires shots at Suspect


Deputy Fires When Uncooperative Male Accelerates Toward Him

SIRR Team Investigating


This afternoon, a suspect failed to stop for a Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy’s marked patrol car, leading the Deputy to a residence on Cayuse Cove Rd., north of Davenport, WA.  At one point during the contact, the suspect accelerated his vehicle toward the Deputy causing him to fire his weapon.  The suspect was not injured but remained defiant.  When attempts to deescalate the situation failed, and with the assistance of several additional law enforcement agencies, the suspect was safely taken into custody.    

On September 6, 2018, at approximately 10:45 a.m., a Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy attempted to stop a white Ford F150 on N. Teal Hill Rd., for traffic violations (excess speed) on Hwy. 25, just north of Hwy. 2.  The driver, later identified as 50-year-old Doyle A. Gabriel, failed to yield for the Deputy’s fully marked patrol vehicle with emergency lights and siren activated.  Gabriel continued to flee onto N. Teal Hill Rd. losing a ladder from his vehicle during the pursuit and eventually turned into the driveway of his residence located in the 39600 block of Cayuse Cove Rd.

Gabriel turned his vehicle around, facing the approaching patrol car. Not knowing Gabriel’s intent or if he was armed, the Deputy stopped, exited his patrol car and began giving commands.  Gabriel would not comply and at some point, accelerated toward the Deputy causing him to fire his weapon.  Gabriel was not injured but still would not follow commands and continued to be aggressive toward the Deputy and additional law enforcement personnel as they arrived to assist.

Gabriel demanded to speak with Sheriff Magers who had arrived to assist.  As Sheriff Magers continued to try and deescalate the situation, an assisting Deputy deployed a Taser allowing Gabriel to safely be taken into custody.

Gabriel was transported and booked into the Lincoln County Jail where he faces multiple felony charges.

The Officer Involved Protocol was enacted and SIRR Team investigators responded to conduct the investigation and process the scene for evidence.

As per standard protocol, the Deputy were placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

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

• The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office is the case managing agency in this incident. All future communications regarding this investigation will be sent via the SIRR Team.

• The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office will release the name of the Deputy involved in the incident at a later time.

• Once the SIRR Team investigation is complete the case will be forwarded to the Lincoln County Prosecutor’s Office for review.

We would like to thank the Washington State Patrol, Spokane Tribal Police and the National Park Service for their quick response and assistance during this extremely tense and potentially deadly incident.


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