Ofc. John O'Brien, PIO
Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 10:21 a.m.
The Spokane police officers involved in the Officer Involved Shooting (OIS) from October 4th, 2017 at 2301 W. Wellesley are being released. Officer Quarles and Officer Smith fired their weapons in the OIS. Sergeant Eckersley was not involved in the deadly force but did use his vehicle to block the suspect vehicle in the parking lot.
Sergeant Brian Eckersley was hired by the Spokane Police Department on January 25th, 2000. He was promoted to Sergeant June 23rd, 2013.
Prior to being hired, Brian was an SPD Explorer (1992-1996) where he was in leadership positions and was awarded Explorer of the year in 1994. He volunteered 2,725 hours. After being hired by SPD, Brian became an advisor to the Explorer Post and received a letter of commendation for that. Brian was an SPD Field Training Officer and a member of the Civil Disturbance Unit (TAC Team).
Brian was awarded the Chief’s Citation Award in September 2009 and January 2010. He was awarded the Silver Star in 2003, the Life Saving Award in 2008 and in 2008 he was recognized by the YWCA for outstanding service to victims of domestic violence. Brian has been a former Employee of the Month for the City of Spokane.
Brian has received numerous letters of commendation from other Law Enforcement agencies, prosecutors, a former City Council member, supervisors and many citizens.
Officer Darrell Quarles was hired by the Spokane Police Department June 16th, 2008.
Prior to being hired, Darrell was a Reserve Officer for the Airway Heights Police Department. He worked for the Cheney Police Department from November 2005 to December 2007 and the EWU Police Department from December 2007 to June 2008.
Before becoming a police officer, Darrell worked for Spokane Mental Health from June 2004 to December 2005. He worked for Excelsior Youth Center from February 2001 to April 2004.
Darrell has received the Life Saving Award and selected as a Hometown Hero in 2010. He has several letters of commendation from a supervisor as well as numerous letters of appreciation from citizens.
Officer Ryan Smith was hired by the Spokane Police Department October 19th, 2015.
Prior to coming to SPD, Ryan worked for the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office from January 2001 to October 2015. Ryan was a United States Air Force Medical Technician from 1992-2000.
He has received several letters of appreciation from community partners (Frontier Behavioral Health) and citizens.