SPD releases names in Officer Involved Shooting

Ofc. Teresa Fuller, 509.835.4568, tfuller@spokanepolice.org

Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 3:32 p.m.

The Spokane Police Department is releasing the names of the officers involved in the shooting of Jason M. Smith (36), a domestic violence suspect who rammed two police cars on 10/12/2015.

The involved officers, Senior Police Officer Christopher McMurtrey, Officer Joseph Matt and Officer Stanley Stadelman, have a combined 10 years of experience with the Spokane Police Department with a total of over 19 years of law enforcement experience.

Prior to his time as a Spokane Police Officer, Officer Chris McMurtrey served in the Army for 4 years and was an officer with Eastern Washington University Police Department in Cheney for 2 ½ years. During his military career, he served one tour in Iraq in 2004. He has been a Spokane Police Officer since September of 2008.

Officer McMurtrey is currently a member of the SWAT Team, a SWAT Team Medic/Certified EMT and a Use of Force instructor for SPD.

Awards & Commendations:

  • Received the Silver Star 08/2012 for courageous actions above and beyond that normally expected.
  • Received a Partners in Justice Law Enforcement award nomination for outstanding service to victims of sexual assaults.
  • Received 5 letters of commendation from citizens.
  • Received 3 internal letters of commendation from member of SPD.
  • Received a letter of commendation from Kennewick Police Department for his role in a bank robbery investigation in 12/2010.
  • Ofc. McMurtrey has been involved in one other Officer Involved Shooting (OIS) incident in 2011. The use of force in this incident was determined to be justified by the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office.

Prior to his time as a Spokane Police Officer, Officer Joseph Matt was a police officer for Coeur d’ Alene Tribal Police Department for 6 years. During his time with Tribal Police, he served as a Field Training Officer for 2 years and received awards for outstanding work dealing with domestic violence and DUI’s. He has been a Spokane Police Officer since September of 2013.

Officer Matt is currently a member of the Spokane Police Department’s TAC (Tactical) Team.

Officer Stanley Stadelman has been a Spokane Police Officer since June of 2014. Officer Stadelman is also currently a captain in the Army National Guard and as such, runs the Intelligence Section at the Battalion Level. As part of the National Guard Homeland Response Force, he responded to the Oso Mudslide in March of 2014.

  • November 2014, he received two separate letters of commendation from the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission for his leadership as Vice President of his Academy Class.
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