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Authorities say police shooting justified

Tue., April 27, 2010

Spokane Valley police officers were justified in December when they shot a man reported to be suicidal, authorities said Monday.

Officers Scott Bonney, Darell Stidham, Walter Loucks and Griffin Criswell fired on the man, who had a history of suicidal threats.

Michael E. Young, 55, was struck numerous times, although Criswell’s rifle misfired, said Sgt. Dave Reagan, police spokesman.

Police said Young had drilled into a safe in his home and retrieved a .40-caliber semi-automatic pistol that had been placed in the safe following a previous suicide attempt.

Officers arrived at his home Dec. 27 and confronted Young when he came outside. They ordered him to drop the gun, but instead he raised it toward Bonney and Stidham, prompting the volley of shots from the officers, Reagan said.

Young recovered from his gunshot injuries and is now facing two counts of second-degree assault.


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