Officer Joshua Laiva
Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 5:23 p.m.
Today September 5, just before 2:30PM, Spokane Police Officers and a 44 year veteran Lieutenant of the Spokane Police Department contacted a disorderly mental health subject outside the Texaco located near N. Ash St. / W. Nora Ave. Several callers had called in to report the disorderly/lewd/assaultive suspect in the area. As a result of their contact with the 31 year old white male suspect, the Officers determined the suspect was a threat to others and unable to care for himself. Drug use was also suspected. While attempting to take the suspect into protective custody, the suspect resisted, fought with the Officers, and the Lieutenant suffered a broken leg. The suspect was taken into custody and has been charged with Assault 2nd. Both the suspect and the Lieutenant were transported to a local hospital for treatment. The suspect will be booked into the Spokane County Jail.
The Lieutenant’s injuries are non-life threatening, however his recovery will be a lengthy process. Spokane Police frequently have contact with mental health subjects in crisis. The job of a Police Officer is a dangerous job with unknown hazards every day. Incidents like this highlight the high risk job that our Police Officers have, and the heroism they display every day.
Spokane Police ask any witnesses to the incident, who have not already been contacted, to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.
Officer John O'Brien