SIRR Team Investigates Deputy Involved Shooting

Suspect listed in stable condition at hospital

Monique Cotton, Director of Communication and Public Information, 509.363.8285

Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 2:08 p.m.

Last night, at approximately 8:30 pm, a Spokane County Sheriff’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 Sheriff’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 Sheriff’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 Prosecutor’s Office for review.

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