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Pastor’s son tells council father’s death ‘unacceptable’


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Alan Creach, son of a pastor killed by a sheriff’s deputy last month, told the Spokane Valley City Council on Tuesday night that for his father to have been shot 125 feet where he had been sleeping on his own property is “completely unacceptable” and questioned continuing the current law-enforcement contract with the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.
“If getting my dad shot is what we’re paying for, I’m in favor of suspending payments,” Creach said.

Wayne Creach, a 74-year-old pastor and owner of the Plant Farm, was killed by Deputy Brian Hirzel, who had been parked in an unmarked police car on Creach’s property on Aug. 25. Creach, who was armed with a pistol, is alleged to have refused repeated orders to get on the ground and is said to have been reaching for the gun.

Alan Creach requested that the council ask Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich what his “policies of trespass on private property” are.
“I am not happy with that man,” Creach said.

The investigation into Hirzel’s actions, investigated by Spokane Police per protocol, is now in the hands of the Spokane County prosecutor. The case is filled with “gaping holes,” Creach added.



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