SIRR Team Investigating an Officer Involved Shooting

Corporal T. Fuller

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 12:21 p.m.

Spokane Police officers were involved in an Officer Involved Shooting (OIS) incident tonight. One officer fired their service rifle striking the subject.

No officers were injured during this incident.

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

The following is preliminary information gathered from statements of involved parties and witness officers.

Tonight, January 7, 2019, just before 10:30pm, Spokane Police officers responded to the report of a male firing a gun at neighbors in the 600 block of west Montgomery. Officers were on scene within a couple minutes of the original call placed to 911. Shortly after arriving on scene, officers reported hearing what they believed to be at least one shot coming from the area of suspect’s house. Just after that, officers advised shots had been fired.

The suspect fled back into the home, leaving officers unsure of whether or not he had been injured. In order to ensure the safety of the people in neighboring homes, officers started evacuating houses closest to the suspect’s residence and advising other neighbors to shelter in place. Officers approached the suspect’s home in an armored vehicle, were able to see the adult male suspect injured and apparently unconscious inside. Officers and a team of Spokane Fire Department’s Rescue Task Force (RTF) medics entered the home and provided medical aid, but the male was declared deceased at the scene.

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 and processing the scene. 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.
  • Once the SIRR Team investigation is complete the case will be forwarded to the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office for review.
  • The Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office will release the name of the deceased.

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