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Thu., April 1, 2010, 4:55 p.m.

Man shot by police had fired pistol w/ laser

The gunman shot and killed by police Friday had fired four shots at officers from a semi-automatic pistol equipped with a laser-sighting device, law enforcement officials announced today.

Officer Trevor Nollmeyer, who joined the forced in 2003, shot and killed Todd E. White, 46, at 4127 E. 36th Ave. after he and Officer Dion Mason were fired upon while responding to a report of a family dispute involving an armed man. The Spokane County Sheriff's Office released the names of the officers today.

White was about to confront residents at the home of his sister and brother-in-law over a dispute involving firearms inherited from White’s late father, sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Dave Reagan said in a news release.

White, who pleaded guilty in 2002 to assaulting two Clark County deputies, had been at the scene for about 20 minutes prior to the arrival of Nollmeyer and Mason, according to the Sheriff's Office.

White's brother-in-law called police at 6:01 a.m. Police reported gunfire at 6:29 a.m.

White, whose felony convictions made him ineligible to possess a gun, had an electronic police scanner in his pickup, Reagan said.

Previous coverage:

Man killed in police shootout identified

Gunman assaulted cops in '01

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