Officer Involved Shooting

Ofc. John O'Brien, PIO


Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 5:45 p.m.


Update: From the Officer Involved Shooting on E. Garnet

The Spokane Police Department is releasing the name of the Officer involved in the OIS (Officer Involved Shooting) incident on October 23rd in the 3400 block of E. Garnet. 

The officer who fired his weapon, Caleb Martin, has been with the department since July of 2016. During his time with SPD, he has received three letters of commendation.   Officer Martin was involved in a previous OIS in 2017, where a domestic violence suspect was armed and fired a round from a handgun.

The incident is currently being investigated by the SIRR Team which is comprised of multiple agencies in eastern Washington, including the Washington State Patrol, Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, Spokane Valley Police Department, and the Spokane Police Department. 

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office is the case managing agency in this incident. All future communications regarding this investigation will be sent via the SIRR Team.

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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Original SPD Press Release

Spokane Police Department (SPD) is involved in an Officer Involved Shooting in the area of 3400 East Garnett Avenue.

On October 23, 2019, around 1:30 p.m., SPD received a call of a suicidal male armed with a firearm. It was reported the male was walking down the street with a firearm. The caller, an acquaintance, was able to get the firearm away from the male.

The male went back inside his residence, obtained another firearm, and then came back outside armed with that firearm.

An SPD Officer was in close proximity and gave the male commands to drop the gun but he did not comply. The male turned towards the officer while pointing the gun.

The Officer fired his weapon striking the subject.

Officers immediately provided first aid to the male until medics arrived on scene and took over medical care.

Despite the life saving measures, the male was pronounced deceased at the scene. No other citizens or officers were injured.

Officers on scene were equipped with body worn cameras which will be reviewed by investigators. Any surrounding residences with surveillance video of the incident should notify detectives so it can be collected as part of this investigation.

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.

  • The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office is the case 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 name of the officer 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 at a later date, when appropriate.


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