Contact: Ofc. Teresa Fuller
Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 3:11 p.m.
The Spokane Police Department is releasing the names of the officers involved in the April 28, 2016 OIS incident involving a suicidal male armed with a knife in the 100 block of south State St.
The involved officers have a combined 16 years of experience with the Spokane Police Department in both volunteer and commissioned capacities.
Prior to his time as a Spokane Police Officer, Officer Chris LeQuire spent five years active duty in the United States Air Force. During that time he received two medals for serving deployments under Operation Enduring Freedom, was awarded the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, and the Air Force Commendation Medal.
He was originally hired with Spokane Police Department as a full time officer in September of 2013 and served for 2 years. After a 6 month leave to explore a career elsewhere, Ofc. LeQuire was rehired in March of this year.
Officer LeQuire received the a letter of commendation from Lt. Tracie Meidl for participating in a back to school shopping program for low income students through Salvation Army in September of 2015.
Prior to his time as a Spokane Police Officer, Officer Ryan Akins was a Cooperative Education Student through SPD’s college volunteer program. During his 2 years as a Co-op, he received the Co-op of the Year award. Officer Akins was also a Reserve Officer for 6 years. During his time as a Reserve he was part of the leadership team from 2014-2015, attained the rank of Sergeant, won Recruit of the Year, and later won Reserve of the Year.
Officer Akins was hired as a full time officer in June of 2015.
Prior to his time as a Spokane Police Officer, Officer Brandon Lynch was a Cooperative Education Student through SPD's college volunteer program. During his 3 years as a Co-op, he received the Co-op Rookie of the Year award and an Excellence in Leadership award. He was also a Field Training Officer and Sergeant for the program. Officer Lynch graduated the Reserve Officer Academy, but shortly after that was hired as a full time officer.
Officer Lynch was hired as a full time officer in November of 2013. He is currently an advisor for the Cooperative Education Program.
Officer Lynch received a letter of commendation in June of 2015 from a citizen who went on a ride along with him saying Ofc. Lynch was, “one of these guardians, and showed me the awesome behavior of a world-class police officer.”
Officer John O'Brien