Police shoot, kill suspect in fatal attack in Spokane



SPOKANE — Spokane police shot and killed a man on Thursday who was tracked to the Nine Mile Falls area after a fatal attack.

Police Chief Frank Straub did not identify the dead men or release details about the shootings. No officers were hurt.

“I compliment the bravery of our officers for their quick response,” he said.

The incident began when police found an injured man in a Spokane street about 1 a.m. The man was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police went to Nine Mile Falls after witnesses provided information about a possible suspect and vehicle. Officers attempted to make contact with a man there.

“Officers confronted him and he was shot by officers,” Straub said at a news conference. “We do believe the victim and the suspect were known to each other.”

Police did not say how the men knew each other. However, they did indicate the initial attack was not gang-related.

Nine Mile Falls is located a few miles northwest of the Spokane city limits.

Spokane police will investigate the shooting that occurred in the city. The police-involved shooting will be investigated by the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office under an agreement between the agencies, Straub said.

Straub said his officers were not limited by the city limits.

“Police officers have statewide jurisdiction,” Straub said. “We can continue our investigation wherever it takes us.”

Officers involved in the shooting have been placed on leave, and the department is making a psychologist available to them, he said.