PR 2023

SIIR Team Investigates Deputy Involved Shooting After an Hours-Long Standoff with Wanted Suspect

Assisting Stevens County Sheriff’s Detectives with the service of an arrest warrant for a wanted suspect charged with Rape of a Child 1st Degree and a history of being armed, Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies, SWAT Team members, Crisis Negotiators, K9 Units, and UAS operators were involved in an hours-long standoff.  After multiple attempts, including the use of chemical irritants, to coax the uncooperative suspect into peacefully surrendering were unsuccessful, SWAT Team members approached the residence.  As they began breaching access points into the residence, attempting to establish visual contact and continue negotiation efforts, Deputies advised shots were fired, and the suspect was struck.  Life-saving medical efforts began, as the suspect was moved to an awaiting Life Flight helicopter, but he succumbed to his injuries before being transported.      
 

The SIIR Team responded to the scene and began their investigation.  No Deputies or uninvolved citizens were injured.    


 
Initial information indicates that on March 29, 2024, at approximately 2:30 pm, Stevens County Detective requested assistance serving an arrest warrant for a suspect wanted for Rape of a Child 1st Degree. Deputies learned the suspect failed to appear for trial in Stevens County, where he faced a charge of Rape of a Child 1st Degree, and that a $100,00 bond felony warrant was issued for his arrest.     

Stevens County Detectives located the suspect at a residence in the 30300 block of N. Monroe Road, southwest of Deer Park, and initially attempted to contact him.  He was uncooperative, ran back into the house, and, at one point, stated law enforcement would have to shoot him.  Stevens County Detectives requested the assistance of Spokane County Deputies due to the suspect’s history and uncooperative demeanor.      

Deputies arrived and attempted to get two additional uncooperative occupants inside the residence to exit.  Although initially unsuccessful, they eventually exited the home for their safety.  Deputies and Stevens County Crisis Negotiators contacted the suspect and tried to convince him to surrender.  He refused to follow commands or show his hands.    

UAS operators arrived to assist, and the SWAT Team, Crisis Negotiators, and Spokane Regional Air Support Unit’s (SRASU) Air 1 also responded to the scene.

At approximately 4:10 pm, with a valid search warrant, SWAT Team members arrived and continued efforts to peacefully take the suspect into custody.  At times, it appeared the suspect would surrender, but then he would return to being uncooperative and reenter the home.

At approximately 5:30 pm, with all efforts to coax the suspect into surrendering ineffective, Deputies introduced chemical irritants into the residence.  Minutes later, he told negotiators he would surrender but then changed his mind and refused.          

Additional chemical rounds were used, multiple PA announcements were provided, and Crisis Negotiators continued attempts to urge him to surrender, but they were all unsuccessful.        

Just after 6:05 pm, SWAT Team members breached the front door and held their position as they attempted to make visual contact with the suspect.  The suspect was not observed, and team members similarly breached the back door, but his location was still not identified.  Still making announcements, an obstructed window was removed, and Deputies advised shots had been fired and the suspect was hit.     

In addition to medical teams staged close to the location, Life Flight was requested due to the extended transport time.  Deputies entered the residence, located the wounded suspect, and began life-saving efforts once it was determined safe.

The suspect was moved to the landing zone and prepared to be transported by helicopter to the hospital.  Despite the continued life-saving efforts of medical personnel, the suspect was pronounced deceased at the scene. 

Per standard protocol, three Deputies, believed to have fired their weapons, were placed on administrative leave.    

The Officer-Involved Protocol was enacted.  The SIIR Team is on-scene investigating the incident and processing the scene.  The SIIR Team is comprised of multiple agencies in eastern Washington, including the Spokane Police Department, Washington State Patrol, Liberty Lake Police Department, Airway Heights Police Department, and the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

  • This investigation is being conducted by the Spokane Independent Investigative Response Team (SIIR), with the Spokane Police Department as the case managing agency.  All future communications regarding this incident will be sent via the SIIR Team.
  • The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office will release the names of the Deputies involved in this incident at a later time.
  • The Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office will release the decedent’s name when appropriate. 

In compliance with WAC 139-12, Spokane County Sheriff’s Office and Spokane Valley Police Department personnel will not be involved in this investigation.

 

After the SIIR Team completes its investigation, the case will be forwarded to the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office for review.

This Spokane County Sheriff Office news article "SIIR Team Investigates Deputy Involved Shooting After an Hours-Long Standoff with Wanted Suspect" was originally found on https://www.spokanecounty.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?CID=7