December 3, 2009 in City

Valley police officers in shooting identified

The Spokesman-Review

The Spokane Valley Police officers involved in the shooting Saturday of an armed 65-year-old have been identified.

Officers Ryan Walter and Rustin Olson responded to a domestic dispute call, according to the Spokane Police Department, which is investigating the incident as is routine.

They were called to an apartment at 8910 E. Broadway Ave. on Saturday for a reported domestic dispute.

When authorities arrived, Donald J. Lafavor answered the door armed with a black revolver, and the two officers fired on him.

Investigators found eight spent shell casings in the flower beds outside the apartment, according to a search warrant filed Tuesday.

Walter and Olson were hired in 2006. They have been on leave since the shooting, but return to regular patrol duties Monday, Spokane police said.

Lafavor, 65, remained in serious condition Wednesday at a Spokane hospital.

A woman identified as Kerey M. Edison, 37, was in the bathroom at the time of the shooting.

Edison told police that Lafavor was “agitated and angry” and told her he would point the gun “at whoever was at the door,” records say.

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