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Officer-involved shooting on South Hill…

Good morning, Netizens...


We have another Spokane Police Department office-involved shooting, dammit!


Although clinical details are somewhat lacking, a solitary man, ostensibly 45 year-old James Rogers according to family members quoted by KREM-2, was employed by S.L. Start, a firm that helps handicapped people, and began making suicidal threats at his workplace. When police were summoned, Rogers fled in a van which overturned at 7th and Hatch where Officers say the man refused to come out and continued his suicidal threats. For reasons that remain unclear, eventually police fired their guns, killing Rogers. At the present time, there is no evidence that Adams fired his shotgun which, according to family members, contained one shell and did not work.


What is known is that family members were present at the scene, and had attempted to tell officers that Rogers had mental issues, and was suicidal. Police officers shot Rogers without any explanation.


The man's father said his son had been dealing with depression and high stress the last few days. The father also said his son stole his van and shotgun from his house earlier in the day.


Rogers was an ex-military police officer who served in the Army and got out in 1994.


Investigators from the Spokane County Sheriff's Department, Spokane City Police and the Washington State Patrol were in charge of the crime scene, as of this morning, and Hatch Road is closed at the crime scene until further notice.


Not even Spokane Police Department's Public Relations Officer, Jennifer DeRuwe had an explanation for police actions, other than Rogers posed a threat to the public. I supposed that if a person were mentally distressed and armed with a dysfunctional shotgun, Spokane Police seem to have a history of posing a threat to citizens.


Of course, your results may differ.



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