Man killed in Hillyard domestic violence call identified


James C. DanforthThe Spokane County Medical Examiner has identified the man shot and killed by Spokane Police responding to a domestic violence call earlier this week in Hillyard. 

59-year-old James C. Danforth died after being shot in the arm and torso. 

Spokane Police Chief Craig Meidl said police received a call of a domestic violence situation with a weapon Tuesday night near Rowan and Regal. While taking the report, the 911 dispatcher could hear shots being fired in the background of the call.

When officers arrived Danforth had left the scene. Police continued conducting their investigation and Danforth returned to the home, at which point police say Danforth fired a gun at officers.

Chief Meidl says the officers returned fire and hit Danforth several times. The officers rendered aid to Danforth, who was taken to an area hospital where he later died. No officers were injured.

The officers involved were put on administrative leave while Washington State Patrol and the Spokane County Sheriff's Office conduct an officer-involved shooting investigation.

Chief Meidl reports one of the officers was wearing a body camera at the time, but it was unclear whether the body camera was on at the time.

Danforth had a multiple arrests dating back to 2008 that included burglary, possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a firearm, and malicious mischief.

(story and photo: KHQ.com)

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