Officer Involved Shooting

Cpl. Nick Briggs, PIO

Tuesday, January 25, 2022 at 1:42 p.m.

Updated 1/27/22:

SPD is releasing the names of the two officers who discharged their firearms during the incident on E Desmet. Both officers are currently on administrative leave which is standard after involvement in a critical incident. The incident is being investigated by SIIR, and the Washington State Patrol is the managing agency for this case. Further information will be released by SIIR. See original release below.

Corporal Brandon Lynch joined the Spokane Police Department in 2013 as a reserve officer. In 2014 he was hired to a full-time position and completed the Basic Law Enforcement Academy.

Corporal Lynch was selected to the SWAT team in 2018, and has been a Marksman since 2020. Corporal Lynch served as a Field Training Officer (FTO) from 2019-2021, relinquishing that position when he was promoted to corporal.

Corporal Lynch received the Chief’s citation award in 2017 as a member of a patrol team recognized for exceptional community engagement, crime detection, and suppression.

In 2018 Corporal Lynch received recognition for helping save a person who was overdosing. Corporal Lynch has received several letters of commendation from citizens during his career.

Officer Corrigan Mohondro joined the Spokane Police Department as a reserve officer in 2012. He was hired to a full-time position in 2013. Officer Mohondro is currently a Neighborhood Resource Officer (NRO) assigned to the Downtown Precinct.

Officer Mohondro has been a Field Training Officer (FTO) for approximately four years. In addition, Officer Mohondro is a firearms and less-lethal instructor, and has taught patrol procedures at the reserve officer academy.

Officer Mohondro has received numerous accolades during his tenure with SPD, both from citizens and ranking department members. In 2020 he received a Chief’s commendation articulating a variety of achievements including his work on several significant criminal investigations and his exceptional performance and professionalism during dynamic and dangerous incidents. 

Original release:

Officer involved shooting after officers encounter male holding knife to toddler

On 01-24-22 at 1248 hours, 911 received a call from the 2400 block of E Desmet Ave. The caller reported a women was outside saying her child was dead and people were screaming.  Additional 911 calls were received indicating a domestic violence incident was taking place and at least one person appeared injured.

Officers responded to the location and encountered a male holding a knife to a small child. Several moments later an officer involved shooting occurred. The toddler was not physically injured. Officers rendered first aid to the suspect, and care was subsequently transferred to SFD and AMR Paramedics. The suspect was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

The officer involved shooting protocol was invoked, and the Spokane Independent Investigative Response Team (SIIR) will handle the investigation. The SIIR team is comprised of multiple law enforcement agencies; the Washington State Patrol will be the managing agency for this incident. As required, the Spokane Police Department will not be involved in the investigation to ensure an independent inquiry is conducted.

All future information related to the incident will come from the SIIR team, with the exception of identifying the officers involved which SPD will release in the coming days. The involved officers have been placed on administrative leave which is standard procedure.

E Desmet, between Stone and Smith will remain closed for several hours as the investigation continues.

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