SIIR Update 02/23/2022 Officer involved in shooting

February 23, 2022

SIIR Update 02/23/2022

This is an update to the original press release issued by the Spokane Independent Investigation Team on January 27, 2022. SIIR is sending this release as a required weekly update of the incident that occurred on January 24, 2022 regarding a Spokane police officer. A department officer fired at 2423 E. Desmet Avenue in Spokane. Investigators continue to collect reports and information about the incident. To this day, investigators continue to assess the evidence; nothing new to report at this time.

**Original SIIR version**
Spokane SIIR police officer involved in shooting

On January 24, 2022 at approximately 12:48 p.m., the Spokane Police Department was called to a domestic dispute at 2423 E. Desmet Avenue in Spokane. Upon arrival, officers discovered that the suspect had held a small child hostage at knifepoint. Officers attempted to make contact and the suspect fled down a stairwell with the child. After unsuccessful attempts to de-escalate and as the suspect threatened to start a fire, officers advanced to the top of the stairwell. Two police officers fired at the suspect, hitting him several times. Officers rushed to the rescue but the suspect died of the injuries sustained. The child was not injured. A knife was found next to the suspect’s body as well as a canister of liquid accelerator.

The Critical Incident Protocol was adopted and the Spokane Independent Investigation Response Team (SIIR) was called in to investigate. Members of the Washington State Patrol’s Criminal Investigative Unit (CIU) responded as members of the SIIR. WSP will be the lead investigator of this incident with the assistance of the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office. WSP’s Crime Scene Response Team (CSRT) also responded to deal with the scene. Community representatives and a family liaison officer have been identified as required by WAC 139. The investigation is ongoing.

This update is required pursuant to WAC 139-12, which requires weekly updates to be sent by the lead investigative agency in investigations where a Washington State peace officer uses deadly force as part of its law enforcement duties. These updates are necessary even if no new information is available at the time of the update.

***Original Spokane Police Department release***

On 1/24/22 at 12:48 p.m., 911 received a call from the 2400 block of E Desmet Ave. The caller reported that a woman was outside saying her child was dead and people were screaming. Further 911 calls were received indicating that a domestic violence incident was taking place and at least one person appeared injured.

Officers responded to the location and encountered a man holding a knife to a small child. Moments later, an officer involved in the shooting happened. The child was not physically injured. Officers provided first aid to the suspect and care was then transferred to SFD and AMR paramedics. The suspect was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

The officer involved in the shooting protocol has been summoned and the Spokane Independent Investigation Team (SIIR) will handle the investigation. The SIIR team is made up of multiple law enforcement agencies; Washington State Patrol will be the management agency for this incident. As requested, the Spokane Police Department will not be involved in the investigation to ensure an independent investigation is conducted.

All future information related to the incident will come from the SIIR team, except for the identification of the officers involved which the SPD will release in the coming days. The officers concerned have been placed on administrative leave, which is the usual procedure.

This update is required pursuant to WAC 139-12, which requires weekly updates to be sent by the lead investigative agency in investigations where a Washington State peace officer uses deadly force as part of its law enforcement duties. These updates are necessary even if no new information is available at the time of the update.

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