Man shot in Spokane had Vancouver ties

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A man shot and killed Friday by police in Spokane had assaulted officers eight years ago in Vancouver.

Todd E. White, 46, pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree assault in January 2002 for fighting with two deputies in the Clark County Courthouse’s arraignment courtroom. The incident happened on Nov. 26, 2001, as White was in an interview room often used by attorneys and inmates.

According to court documents, White, an inmate at the time, was refusing to sit and was slamming the door. When confronted and ordered to sit by a custody officer, White shoved him against a wall.

White struggled with two deputies as they punched him to try and restrain him. He was taken back to the jail and medical staff treated him for injuries, according to court documents.

Two walls in the holding room were damaged in the struggle.

On Friday, he was armed when he showed up outside the Spokane home of his sister. The sheriff’s office says their father had recently died and there was a dispute over some inherited guns.

Police say White fired at responding officers and was killed by return fire.