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Man shot by sheriff’s deputies identified

A man shot by Spokane County sheriff’s deputies Saturday has been identified as Donald J. Lafavor.

The 65-year-old Spokane man confronted two deputies with a gun when they responded to a report of a couple arguing in an apartment at 8910 E. Sprague Ave. about 10:15 p.m, according to the Spokane Police Department.

When the deputies attempted to talk to the couple, Lafavor confronted them with a handgun. Both officers fired and Lafavor was hit with multiple bullets, police said.

The deputies, whose names have not been released, were relieved of their duties for 72 hours in accordance with standard procedure.

Spokane police detectives are investigating. Lafavor remains hospitalized in serious condition.

Lafavor was convicted of first-degree negligent driving in 2005 after being charged with drunken driving, according to news archives. He was convicted of drunken driving in 2006 and given two years probation.

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