SPD Releasing Names of Officers Involved in OIS from May 1st

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


Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 2:12 p.m.


The Spokane Police Department is releasing the names of the officers involved in the May 1, 2016 OIS incident involving a male armed with a machete in the 00 block of west Main. Ofc.’s Brandon Fabian, Nathanael Gobble and Jeremy Howe utilized blunt impact munitions during the incident. Ofc. Scott Lesser fired a firearm, striking Charleston D. Harper (34) who has been charged with 1st Degree Burglary reference this incident.

The involved officers have a combined 15 years of experience as officers with the Spokane Police Department. They also have a total of 30 years of experience in both volunteer and commissioned capacities with SPD and other agencies.

Prior to his time as a Spokane Police Officer, Ofc. Brandon Fabian served in the US Marine Corps for 4 years.

Ofc. Fabian was hired with Spokane Police Department as a full time officer in November of 2013. He is currently a member of the TAC Team.

Ofc. Fabian received the a letter of commendation from a citizen after a ride along in March of 2015 and one 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, Ofc. Nate Gobble was a Reserve Officer for a year.

Ofc. Gobble was hired as a full time officer in February of 2012. He is currently a member of the TAC Team, Chemical Agent Response Team (CART) and a Field Training Officer (FTO).

Ofc. Gobble received the Chief’s Citation in March of 2014 as part of the Spokane Police Youth Athletic League. He also received a commendation letter from a citizen for being thorough and responsive on a call.

Prior to his time as a Spokane Police Officer, Officer Jeremy Howe spent five years serving in the US Army. During that time he was a member of the military SWAT team for over 2 years and was a sniper for a year. He worked for King County Sheriff’s Office for over 3 years and Spokane County Sheriff’s Office for 9 years as a deputy for both agencies. During his time with SCSO, he was a member of their TAC team.

Ofc. Jeremy Howe was hired with SPD in June of 2014. He is currently on the TAC Team and a Field Training Officer (FTO).

Prior to his time as a Spokane Police Officer, Ofc Scott Lesser was a volunteer in SPD’s Cooperative Education Program for just over 1.5 years, during which time he received the Co-op Rookie of the Year Award. He was also a Reserve Officer for SPD for just over 1.5 years, during which time he received the Reserve Rookie of the Year Award.

Ofc. Scott Lesser was hired as a full time officer with SPD in January of 2010. As an officer, he has been a member of the TAC Team, a Field Training Officer, and has completed both Basic and Advanced Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training. He has also been an advisor for the Co-op and Reserve programs. He is currently a member of the SWAT Team and assigned to the Patrol Anti-Crime Team (PACT).

Ofc. Scott Lesser was Employee of the Quarter for the 2nd Quarter in 2013. He also received two letters of commendation from citizens in Feb. of 2013; on from a citizen calling in to 911 and another from a civilian ride along.

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