(story, photo & video: KHQ.com)
The Spokane Investigative Regional Response Team is investigating an officer-involved shooting that happened during a court-ordered eviction. The suspect was shot and was taken to the hospital, where he is undergoing surgery. No officers, deputies or other citizens were injured.
It happened just after 10:15 AM. A Spokane County Sheriff's deputy was serving court-ordered eviction paperwork at an apartment in the 5300 block of North Regal St, at East Everett Ave. It's the large red brick building in the above photo. The deputy, who had received information of prior threats by the occupant, requested back-up from Spokane Police. Medical personnel were also requested to stage in the area.
Initial information is that the deputy and officers gained access to the apartment with the assistance of a manager. When they got inside, the suspect was sitting on the couch and was seen reaching under a blanket covering what the deputy and officers believed was a weapon. Several commands were given and ignored.
Around 10:40 AM an officer advised dispatch that shots had been fired and requested medics to respond to the apartment. The suspect was taken to the hospital where he was last reported in surgery.
Officer Involved Shooting protocol was enacted and the SIRR team arrived on scene to investigate.
Spokane Police Chief Meidl says there was a body camera rolling and the video will be reviewed.
The deputy and officer who fired their weapons have been placed on leave until the investigation is completed.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.
To watch the on-scene press conference with Chief Meidl and Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich, skip to 13:45 in the video below: