Ofc. John O'Brien, PIO
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 4:20 p.m.
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.