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911 call released in stabbing of officer

Thu., Jan. 29, 2009, 6:37 p.m.

A 911 call an off-duty Spokane police officer made Friday to report the stabbing of her fiance, a police sergeant, provides a first-person account of a chaotic confrontation outside the Steam Plant Grill downtown that continued through the frantic phone call.

Officer Amy Ross called 911 about 10 p.m. after Sgt. Brad Thoma suffered a knife wound to his jaw in a scuffle they say began when two men made inappropriate comments.

The 75-second recording, released Thursday, begins with Ross explaining the situation but becomes inaudible about 35 seconds in as men can be heard yelling.

“My fiance’s bleeding. I don’t think he’s super injured but he’s not getting compliance from the guy,” Ross said. “…You guys need to get here…..Please hurry.”

Ross told the dispatcher the attacker’s friend had left with the knife. Police are still looking for that suspect, Gyles “Shannon” Dogskin, 23. The alleged attacker, Kenneth James Kheel, 19, was arrested Friday and remains in the Spokane County Jail.

To listen to the call, click the “audio” link at the top of this story.

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