On Saturday, Spokane Valley Police responded to a disorderly male who was reported to be very high and running around children playing near one of the apartment buildings.
The male ignored deputies, failed to follow commands and fled on foot into a wooded area, said Cpl. Mark Gregory, police spokesman.
When the first deputy caught up to the male, near what appears to be a homeless camp, the deputy reported the male was making threats and almost immediately shots had been fired.
Deputies began lifesaving efforts, but unfortunately, the male was pronounced deceased at the scene.
At approximately 5:25 p.m., police responded to the report of a disorderly male at an apartment complex located in the 2800 block of North Cherry Street.
The caller stated the male was running in between children playing on the east side of the complex and appeared to be very high.
The initial information indicates, two deputies arrived at the location at 5:35 p.m. and attempted to contact the male who ignored them as he walked away. The male failed to follow commands as he went through a hole in the fence and ran toward the wooded area east of the complex where one of the deputies caught up to the male near what appears to be a homeless camp.
The deputy reported, via his radio, the male was making threats, and saying something was in his packet just before advising shots had been fired and requested medics.
The deputies began life-saving measures until they were relieved by Spokane Valley Fire personnel. Despite everyone’s efforts, the male was pronounced deceased at the scene a short time later.
The Officer Involved Protocol was enacted, and SIRR Team investigators responded to conduct the investigation and process the scene for evidence.
Investigators would like anyone who witnessed this incident and has not already been contacted by law enforcement to call Crime Check at 456-32233, reference No. 10059590.
As per standard protocol, the deputy was placed on paid administrative leaving pending the outcome of the investigation.
The Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office will release the name of the decedent at a later date when appropriate.
The SIRR Team is comprised of multiple agencies in eastern Washington, including the Spokane Police Department, Washington State Patrol, Spokane County Sheriff’s Office and Spokane Valley Police Department.
The Spokane Police Department is the case managing agency in this incident. All future communications regarding this investigation will be sent via the SIRR Team.
The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office will release the name of the Spokane Valley Deputy involved in the incident at a later time.
Once the SIRR Team investigation is complete, the case will be forwarded to the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office for review.