SIRR Team Investigating an Officer Involved Shooting

Ofc. John O'Brien

Monday, July 3, 2017 at 4:42 a.m.

Spokane Police officers were involved in an Officer Involved Shooting (OIS) incident this morning. Two officers fired their service weapons striking the subject.

No officers or other civilians were injured during this incident.

The incident is being investigated by the Spokane Investigative Regional Response (SIRR) Team.

This morning, July 3, 2017, just after 12:30am, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the report of a domestic violence incident involving a firearm in the 5900 block of south Mt. Vernon Rd. Due to the serious nature of the call and the close proximity to the city, Spokane Police Officers responded to assist. A Spokane Police Officer was the first to arrive on scene. Within a minute of checking on scene, the officer reported hearing gunfire. Two officers fired their weapons shortly after that, striking the subject, an adult male. A firearm was located in close proximity to the subject.

Medical aid was rendered by officers immediately and the subject was transported to an area hospital. Despite the efforts of all involved, the subject succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.

Officers on scene were equipped with body worn cameras. Any footage captured by the body cameras, as well as any captured by cameras in the area, will be reviewed by investigators.

The Officer Involved Protocol was enacted. The SIRR Team is on-scene investigating the incident. The SIRR Team is comprised of multiple agencies in eastern Washington, including the Spokane Police Department, the Washington State Patrol and the Spokane County Sheriff's Office.

  • The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office is the managing agency in this incident. All future communications on this incident will be sent via the SIRR Team.
  • The Spokane Police Department will release the names of the officers involved in this incident.
  • The Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office will release the identity of the deceased.
  • 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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