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Police complete probe of fatal shooting

A law enforcement investigation into the fatal shooting of a gunman by a Spokane police officer ast month has been sent to the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office for review.

Investigators found that “the only criminal actions committed that day were those of the decedent, 46-year-old Todd White,” Detective Doug Marske said in a news release.

Officer Trevor Nollmeyer, who joined the force in 2003, shot White twice after White opened fire on Nollmeyer and Officer Dion Mason when they arrived at 4127 E. 36th Ave., early March 26. White’s sister and brother-in-law live there and had called police after a neighbor said White, a convicted felon, was in the area with a gun.

White fired at least four shots at officers from a semi-automatic pistol equipped with a laser-sighting device, the sheriff’s office said. He’d been convicted in 2002 of assaulting two Clark County deputies, and his felony convictions made him ineligible to posses a gun.

The investigation was conducted by the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, the Spokane Police Department and Washington State Patrol.

Previous coverage:

April 2: Gunman threatened to cause ‘war zone’

March 30: Gunman assaulted cops in ‘01

March 26: Man killed in police shootout identified

Gunman threatened to cause a ‘war zone’

A gunman shot and killed by police last week had told his brother-in-law the day before that he planned to turn the neighborhood into a “war zone,” according to court documents filed Friday.

Todd E. White, 46, had previously threatened to kill Gary Paul in a dispute over firearms inherited from White’s late father, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

On March 26, he showed up at Paul’s home at 4127 E. 36th Ave., with a semi-automatic pistol equipped with a laser-sighting device and fired at least four shots at two officers when they arrived, the sheriff’s office said.

Officer Trevor Nollmeyer, who joined the forced in 2003, shot White twice about 6:29 a.m. He was declared dead at a hospital about 8 a.m.

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 felony convictions made him ineligible to possess a gun, and family told police he had “mental instability issues.”

Police searched White’s 1999 Mazda truck on Monday as part of an ongoing investigation.

Previous coverage:

Man killed in police shootout identified

Gunman assaulted cops in ‘01

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

Man shot by officers assaulted police in ‘01

A gunman shot and killed by Spokane police on Friday had assaulted law enforcement in Vancouver, Wash., eight years ago.

Todd E. White, 46, pleaded guilty to two counts of felony third-degree assault in January 2002 — two months after he attacked two sheriff’s deputies in a Clark County courtroom.

White had a warrant for his arrest stemming from those earlier convictions when police say he fired shots at an officer responding to a report that White was outside his sister’s home with a gun on Friday.

The officer, who has not been identified, fired several shots, and White was later pronounced dead at a hospital. The officer or officers involved in the shooting, who are expected to be publicly identified this week, have been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard protocol for police-involved shootings.

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the case with the Spokane Police Department.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Dave Reagan said on Monday that he had no new information. He said he could not say if officers knew of White’s criminal history when they responded to a call for help from White’s brother-in-law, Gary Paul, about 6 a.m. on Friday.

Felons are prohibited from possessing firearms. A suspect’s criminal history can mean increased police response to an initial call but doesn’t change protocol for lethal force.

The incident began when a neighbor called the Pauls on Friday morning to tell them that White was outside the home with a gun, according to the Sheriff’s Office. White and Heidi Paul’s father recently died, and “there was a dispute over some guns that had been inherited,” Reagan said.

Police haven’t said how many shots White fired before he was shot. He collapsed in the Paul’s yard and was pronounced dead about 8 a.m.

Clark County issued a warrant for White in 2005 for not paying fines related to his third-degree assault convictions, according to court records.

When the assaults occurred, White was already in jail for failing to comply with terms of previous felony convictions for trafficking in stolen property and forgery in 1993 and 1995.

White was in an inmate-attorney interview room when an official told deputies he was “not being cooperative, was refusing to sit down and was slamming the door,” according to court documents.

White refused a deputy’s orders and shoved him when the deputy tried to grab his upper arm. The two began punching each other, and another deputy “joined the fight” before White was handcuffed, according to court documents.

White was sentenced to eight months in jail for the assaults.

Police say White, a father of four, lived in Spokane.

Past coverage: Gunman killed in police shootout identified

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