October 30, 2009 in City

Shots went through neighbor’s wall in Valley shooting

The Spokesman-Review
 

A man has been taken to the hospital after an officer-involved shooting in Spokane Valley. His condition is unknown.

Spokane Valley Police responded to a 12:37 p.m. call of a suicidal man with a gun in the 4700 block of East Third Avenue.

Authorities have not said how many shots were fired. A neighbor said two officers were involved.

The 27-year-old man was alive when he was transported, a spokesperson said.

The fatal incident protocol has been invoked, which means the Spokane Police Department will investigate.

Robin Ross, a neighbor, said he was asleep in the basement when he heard what he believes were five shots fired.

One police officer had a handgun and the other had a shotgun, Ross said.

The man was shot in his front yard, and bullets penetrated a wall of Ross’s house. His wife was sitting inside the house at the time with their 4-year-old grandson, he said.

Neither Ross nor his daughter, Nikki Ross, who also lives in the house, knew their neighbor’s name, but they said he is a quiet person who keeps to himself.


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