Two Officers Treated At the Hospital for Unknown Exposure

Sgt. Terry Preuninger, PIO


Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 4:03 p.m.


Two Spokane Police Officers had to be given Narcan after suffering adverse reactions to an unknown substance they were exposed to, when they responded to a call to check on the welfare of two people slumped over in a car. 

At 12:18 PM two Spokane Police officers responded to the 4000 block of W. Fort George Wright reference a call of people slumped over in a car.  The caller advised there were two people in the vehicle and they believed the incident to be drug related. 

Within minutes of arriving on scene the officers requested medics and confirmed they were dealing with a possible overdose. Shortly after the initial call for medics the officers requested two ambulances as well, to transport the people from the car to the hospital.  During the call, the officers found an unknown substance in the pocket of one of the occupants of the car. 

It appears that during the investigation officers were exposed via airborne particles, and they quickly began experiencing visible symptoms including, disorientation, paleness, and extreme sweating.  One of the officers was able to self-administer Narcan, the other officer was given Narcan a short time later as a precaution.  Both Officers were transported to the hospital, they are doing well, their families were notified prior to this release.

Both suspects were also transported to the hospital. One of the suspects has a felony warrant out of Idaho which will be dealt with when a medical release has been authorized.  The investigation is ongoing and more charges may be pending. 

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