Investigation of Officer Involved Shooting

Sgt. Teresa Fuller

Wednesday, May 10, 2023 at 10:18 a.m.

A mutual aid request has been made to investigate an officer involved shooting that took place this morning. The following information is preliminary; more information will be released at a later time by the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office who is the lead agency in this investigation.

This morning, May 10, 2023, at 4:00am, Spokane Police responded to the 300 block of West 5th Avenue on the report of a male brandishing a firearm.

Spokane Police Officers located the suspect, an adult male, in the parking lot of an apartment complex. Upon seeing the officer, the suspect ran eastbound on 5th and got into an occupied vehicle facing eastbound on 5th. There appeared to be some kind of struggle between the driver and the suspect as the car lurched forward slowly. Officers were able to successfully pin the vehicle, bringing it to a stop, on 5th just west of Browne.  

The suspect then fled out of the vehicle on foot southbound with one officer giving chase. At about 6th Avenue and Browne, the suspect stopped, faced the officer, and at some point the officer fired one round at the suspect who then surrendered without further incident. The investigation will determine what occurred during the confrontation that led to the shooting, however what appeared to be a firearm was located in close proximity to where the suspect surrendered. Thankfully, no one was injured during the shooting.

No other citizens or law enforcement were injured during this incident.

Due to the lack of injury to the suspect, per standard protocol, a mutual aid request for the investigation was made to Spokane County Sheriff’s Office who is being assisted by Washington State Patrol. Home owners or businesses in the area who may have surveillance footage or witnesses to the incident who have not been contacted by law enforcement are asked to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233 reference #2023-10066106.

Investigators will be reviewing video footage, reports, and witness statement as well as processing the scene for evidence, as this investigation continues. 

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office is the managing agency in this incident. The Spokane Police Department will release the name of the officer involved. All other future communications on this incident will be sent by the Sheriff’s Office.

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