The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office released the names of the Spokane Valley deputies involved in last week’s arson/officer involved shooting incident at a Motel 6.
The suspect, Michael Kruse, would not follow commands and moved toward deputies with the knife in his hand before the deputies fired their weapons, said Deputy Mark Gregory, sheriff’s spokesman.
Kruse faces first-degree arson charges of for intentionally starting a fire in his room and additional charges are expected as the SIRR Team continues their investigation.
Deputy Nathan Booth began his career with the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office in November 2014 after receiving a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Eastern Washington University. Since that time, he sought a position and was selected as a member of the SWAT Team in May 2016; he received a Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Certificate of Appreciation Award, recognition from citizens and the respect of his fellow deputies.
Deputy Jeff Getchell is a 16 year veteran of the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office. He received a Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Certificate of Appreciation Award as well as several commendations from supervisors and recognition from the citizens he has served.
Deputy Tyler Kullman is an 11-year veteran of law enforcement with the last six years with the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office. He and his partner K-9 Khan are active members of the K-9 Unit and deploys with the SWAT Team as such.
Kullman currently is an instructor for Patrol Tactics and Reality Based Training and previously taught defensive tactics as well. He has received a Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Certificate of Appreciation Award, an Annual Unit Merit Award and assisted with the Annual Canine for K-9 Events in the fall.
Deputy Spenser Rassier began his career with the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office in June 2015. He applied for a position as a SWAT Team member and was accepted in May 2016.
Rassier has received Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Certificate of Appreciation Award and is respected by his fellow deputies and team members.
The SIRR Team’s investigation of the incident is ongoing. The SIRR Team is comprised of multiple agencies in Eastern Washington, including the Spokane County Sheriff's Office, Spokane Police Department, the Washington State Patrol and the Spokane Valley Police.
The Washington State Patrol is the managing agency in this incident. All future communications regarding this investigation will be sent via the SIRR Team.
Once the SIRR Team investigation is complete the case will be forwarded to the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office for review.