Cpl. Teresa Fuller, PIO
Monday, July 8, 2019 at 11:36 a.m.
A Spokane Police officer was involved in an Officer Involved Shooting (OIS) incident today. The officer fired their service weapon at a wanted suspect. The suspect was uninjured.
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.
July 6, 2019, just after 3 p.m., a Spokane Police Officer advised he was in a foot pursuit near 6th Ave. and Maple St. He gave the name of the suspect and advised he had a felony warrant. Shortly thereafter, the officer advised shots were fired. The officer advised the suspect was running again and was armed with a semi-automatic handgun. Other officers flooded the area and were able to set up a perimeter where they believed the suspect was.
A citizen in the 1600 block of West 9th, hearing officers make perimeter announcements, contacted a nearby officer to ask if police were looking for someone. The citizen then told the officer there was a male fitting the description of the wanted suspect in the alley behind his home. Just as this information was provided to officers in the area, another officer saw the suspect run across Maple St. eastbound. Officers gave chase and were able to take the suspect into custody without incident in the 1400 block of West 9th. What appears to be a replica firearm was found on the suspect when he was taken into custody. Investigators will verify it’s operability after it’s collected as they process the crime scene.
It was later learned from other officers familiar with this suspect, that information had been passed on from the US Marshall’s Office about the suspect’s felony warrant status. The suspect had a warrant for Federal Probation Violation on the original charge of Possession of a Weapon which was extraditable nationwide. Several officers had been keeping an eye out for him knowing he frequented the area of 6th and Maple.
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 County Sheriff's Office, the Washington State Patrol and the Spokane Police Department.
Officer John O'Brien