Man killed outside Shadle Walmart identified


Shadle Walmart crime scene Update: 10/6/17

The Spokane County Medical Examiner has confirmed the identity, cause, and manner of death of the individual who died as a result of the officer-involved shooting at the Shadle Walmart Wednesday evening. 

The man has been identified as 34-year-old Chad Cochell. 

The cause of death: rifle and shotgun wounds to the chest and upper extremities. 

His death has been ruled a homicide. 

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Update: Spokane Police Chief Craig Meidl is offering more details about an officer involved shooting at the Shadle Walmart Wednesday evening.

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In a press conference, Chief Meidl said an armed man was killed Wednesday evening.

Following a carjacking reported on Monday, near Crestline and Lincoln in which a person was shot twice, police located the stolen car in the parking lot of the Walmart. They called in more resources and set up surveillance on the car and noticed several people in and out of the car while waiting for backup. At one point the vehicle started to move and the officers moved in on the car, blocking it.

Chief Meidl reports that the passenger in the vehicle got out of car, but the driver didn't get out. Two officers fired on the man, killing him.

The Spokane Investigative Regional Response Team will take over the investigation and interview the officers involved and determine exactly what happened. Chief Meidl says body camera footage will be available for the investigation.

Chief Meidl says the Medical Examiner's Office will identify the man at a later time.

Previous coverage:

Spokane Police reported Wednesday evening that they are investigating an officer-involved shooting at the Shadle Walmart on Wellesley in Spokane.

Officers are still in the initial phases of their investigation and we are working to confirm more details Wednesday evening. Avoid the area if possible.

As we learn more details we will update this story.

(story: Matt Pusatory, KHQ Local News Web Producer, KHQ.com; photo, and video: KHQ.com)

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