Many times when police encounter an armed person, that person is looking for a way to die – and want the cops to kill them. The phenomenon is so common it even has a name: suicide by cop. It happens in about 10-20 per cent of officer-involved shootings.
Police know this phenomenon and work to protect themselves while seeking ways to help the suicidal person.
This weekend Spokane police were able to do exactly that.
(S-R archives photo: Interim Spokane police Chief Scott Stephens)