SIRR Team Investigating Deputy Involved Shooting

Ofc. John O'Brien, PIO


Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 4:20 p.m.


***Update to Original SIIR Press Release***

This is an update to the original SIIR press release put out by the Spokane Independent Investigative Response Team on January 14, 2020.  SIIR is sending out this release as the required weekly update regarding the incident that occurred on January 10, 2020, regarding a Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy involved shooting in the area of N. Wall and Weile, Spokane County, WA.   

As of Wednesday March 4th, 2020 the SIIR investigation has been completed and submitted to the Spokane County Prosecutors Office.  This concludes SIIR’s involvement in this investigation and as a result there will be no more further communication regarding this investigation from the SIIR team.

This update is required in compliance with WAC 139-12, which mandates weekly updates be sent out by the lead investigative agency in investigations where a Washington State Peace Officer uses deadly force in the capacity of his or her law enforcement duties.   These updates are required even if no new information is available at the time of the update.  

***Update to Original SIRR Press Release***

This is an update to the original SIRR press release put out by the Spokane Investigative Regional Response Team on January 14, 2020.   SIRR is sending out this release as the required weekly update regarding the incident that occurred on January 10 2020, involving a Deputy involved shooting in the area of N. Wall and Weile.  

At this time there is no new information available for release in this investigation. 

This update is required in compliance  with WAC 139-12, which mandates weekly updates be sent out by the lead investigative agency in investigations where a Washington State Peace Officer uses deadly force in the capacity of his or her law enforcement duties.   These updates are required even if no new information is available at the time of the update.  

    ***Original Release***

On January 10, 2020, at approximately 3:50 a.m., a Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop, of a vehicle, near the intersection of N. Wall and W. Weile. 

The vehicle failed to stop, as required by law, for the Deputy. Shortly after the stop was initiated, the car crashed into a residential fence.  The driver, Clando Anitok (25 years-old), got out of his vehicle, faced the Deputy and failed to follow multiple commands.  The lone Deputy deployed his Taser, the probes made contact with Anitok but the Taser was not effective.  Anitok ran into the backyard of a residence, followed by the Deputy.

Moments later, and still not following commands, Anitok stopped and turned toward the Deputy, then reached into the front waistband area. 

The Deputy fired one round from his handgun, striking Anitok. He was pronounced deceased at the scene by medics.

The Officer Involved Protocol was enacted. SIRR Team Investigators responded to the scene to conduct an investigation.

No weapons were recovered at the scene.

As per standard protocol, the Deputy who fired his service weapon was placed on administrative leave.

SIRR Team Investigators ask anyone, not already contacted by law enforcement, who may have home surveillance video or information related to this incident to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233 and reference #2020-10004124.

The SIRR Team is comprised of multiple agencies in eastern Washington, including the Spokane Police Department, Washington State Patrol, Spokane Valley Police Department and the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.  As an involved agency, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office/Spokane Valley Police personnel will not be involved in this investigation in compliance with WAC 139-12, which was developed after the passage I-940.  

  • The Spokane Police Department is the case managing agency for this incident. All future communications will be sent via the SIRR Team.
  • The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office will release the name of the Deputy involved at a later time.
  • 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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