“Second Release: SIRR Team Update: ongoing investigation; release of suspect name
The Spokane Investigate Regional Response (SIRR) Team continues to investigate a deputy involved shooting that occurred on the evening of January 30, 2015.
The suspect accused of shooting at law enforcement in the incident, identified as 28-year-old Christopher R. Myers, is in custody on the following charges: 1st Degree Assault (x2) and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm related to the January 30th incident.
Myers is currently hospitalized and under guard by corrections officers from the Spokane County Jail. He will physically be booked into the Spokane County Jail when he is released from the hospital.
Initial Release: SIRR Team Investigates Deputy Involved Shooting
Last night, at approximately 8:30 pm, a Spokane County Sheriffâ€™s K-9 deputy conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of N. Barker Rd. and E. Cataldo Ave. There were three people in the vehicle that was stopped, a female driver, a female front seat passenger and a male back seat passenger. During the traffic stop, the deputy determined the two females had warrants for their arrest. Back-up officers (another Spokane County Sheriffâ€™s deputy and a Liberty Lake Police officer) arrived on scene and assisted in taking the two females into custody on their warrants.
The K-9 deputy who initially conducted the traffic stop then attempted to determine the identity of the male passenger. The male provided an incorrect name and the deputy instructed the male to exit the vehicle. Upon exit from the vehicle, the male fled on foot.
The K-9 deputy and one of the back-up law enforcement officers pursued the male suspect on foot and caught him a short distance from the scene. There was a physical altercation as the deputy and back-up officer attempted to take the suspect into custody.
The suspect produced a gun and shot at the law enforcement officers. The officers were not hit. One deputy returned fire, striking the suspect.
The suspect was then taken into custody and transported to a Spokane hospital for treatment for a non-life threatening wound. He is currently listed in stable condition. Upon his release, he will be booked into the Spokane County Jail.
The Spokane Investigative Regional Response (SIRR) Team protocol has been activated.
The Spokane Police Department is the managing agency in this incident.
Anyone who witnessed this incident or has additional information and has not spoken with SIRR Team investigators is asked to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.
The Spokane County Sheriffâ€™s Office will release the names of the involved deputies.
The Liberty Lake Police Department will release the name of the involved officer.
Once the SIRR Team investigation is complete the case will be forwarded to the Spokane County Prosecutorâ€™s Office for review.”