The investigation into what occurred at a north Spokane Valley apartment last Saturday morning, which led to the shooting death of 48-year-old man at the hands of Spokane County sheriff’s deputy, continues.
The incident, which occurred at approximately 5:40 a.m. in the 4100 block of North McDonald Road, has been assigned to the Spokane Police Department, as per protocol of the Spokane Investigative Regional Response Team. Once the investigation is concluded, the case will be forwarded to the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office for review.
Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich has defended the actions of Deputy Jerad Kiehn, who shot and killed Roy Jacobs at the Somerset Meadows Apartment Complex. Jacobs is said to have been struggling with a woman in a chair and that he was holding a 12-inch knife.
“During the search of the residence, detectives collected evidence including a 12-inch knife with a 9-inch blade described by witnesses,” said Monique Cotton, Spokane Police spokeswoman.
After advancing and being commanded to drop the weapon, Jacobs was shot by Kiehn, who fired twice, within 6 feet of each other.
Family members of Jacobs contend that the deputy was barely in the apartment and didn’t need to shoot Jacobs, who had called to ask deputies to serve an arrest warrant on himself and to take him into custody.
The apartment belongs to Jacobs’ brother, Bruce, who was present at the time of the incident along with other family members.
Accompanying Kiehn were Deputies Scot Nelson and Tanya Walker.
Medics were called and life-saving measures were taken to save Jacobs, who later died at an area hospital.
Cotton said that Spokane Police continue to investigate. The agency was put in charge under the SIRR agreement so sensitive investigations, like officer-involved shootings, are done independently.
Kiehn had been one of two deputies in April that attempted to save a motorist in a one-vehicle collision in the area of Mission and Felts. He used several fire extinguishers in an attempt to keep flames from reaching the car’s engine compartment. The driver was eventually extracted, but later died from his injuries.