A Spokane Police officer was involved in an Officer Involved Shooting (O.I.S.) incident tonight. One officer fired his service weapon striking the subject.
No officers were seriously injured during this incident.
The incident is being investigated by the Spokane Investigative Regional Response (SIRR) Team.
January 15, 2017, just before 12:30am, a Spokane Police officer stopped a suspicious subject in the area of 9th Ave. and Adams St. Shortly after stopping the subject, the officer notified responding backup officers the subject had pulled a knife on him and was fleeing on foot. The foot chase ended at 5th Ave. and Walnut. Multiple officers were able to deploy Tasers, but they were ineffective. One officer fired at the subject, striking him. Medical aid was rendered immediately by officers on scene, including an EMT certified SWAT officer, however the subject was pronounced deceased at the scene. The identity of the deceased male will be released by the Medical Examiner’s Office.
Officers were equipped with body worn cameras. Any footage captured by the body cameras, as well as any captured by cameras in the area, will be reviewed by investigators.
The Officer Involved Protocol was enacted. The SIRR Team is on-scene investigating the incident. The SIRR Team is comprised of multiple agencies in Eastern Washington, including the Spokane Police Department, the Washington State Patrol and the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.
• The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office is the managing agency in this incident. All future communications on this incident will be sent via the SIRR Team.
• The Spokane Police Department will release the name of the officer involved in this incident.
• Once the SIRR Team investigation is complete the case will be forwarded to the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office for review.
Cpl. Teresa Fuller| Graveyard Patrol Team 13| Patrol PIO|Spokane Police Department
Our Post from when this happened can be found HERE