SIRR team investigates officer involved shooting of robbery suspect

Monique Cotton, Public Information & Communication Director, 509.363.8285

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 10:40 p.m.

As part of an on-going investigation into a series of Armed Robberies, Spokane Police detectives developed Probable Cause to arrest a suspect for 1st Degree Robbery in connection with yesterday’s Armed Robbery of the Baskin Robbins in the 1900 block on N. Monroe. SPD established surveillance of a residence in the 1500 block of W. Grace, where the suspect was believed to be located.

At approximately 7:00 pm, the suspect made contact with officers from within the residence. Officers began negotiations with the suspect, using the PA system in one of their vehicles. The officers gave the suspect repeated verbal commands to come out of the residence and surrender peacefully. After a period of time, the suspect came out of the residence on to the front porch where the officers continued to direct the suspect to surrender. The suspect refused to comply with the officers directives. Officers believed the individual posed a threat to the safety of the community and to the safety of other officers and subsequently fired their weapons. Life-saving measures were immediately taken by a SWAT medic and other officers. A handgun was located on the porch in close proximity to where the suspect was standing.

The suspect was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

The Spokane Investigative Regional Response (SIRR) Team protocol has been activated. The Washington State Patrol will lead the SIRR Team investigation into this incident.

Spokane Police Major Crimes detectives will continue their investigation into the series of Armed Robberies. As part of this investigation, a search warrant will be executed at the location in the 1500 block of W. Grace.

  • The identity and official cause of death of the suspect will be released by the Spokane County Medical Examiner.
  • Future communications regarding the SIRR Team Investigation will come from the Washington State Patrol.

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