Investigators wrapped up their search of the scene of Friday’s fatal police shooting and reopened the neighborhood about noon Saturday.
The shooter, who was killed after firing shots at a north Spokane home and then at police officers who pursued him, will not be publicly identified until after the Spokane County medical examiner conducts an autopsy on Monday, officials said Saturday.
The incident began at 1402 W. Buckeye Ave. shortly after 3 p.m. on Friday when a man fired shots at his father. He left the home just as police were arriving. Police followed the man as he drove a pickup west. He abandoned the vehicle on Monroe Street and fled on foot, with officers in pursuit, according to a police news release. Witnesses said the man fired several shots toward the officers and refused commands to drop his weapon. Six Spokane police officers fired at the suspect, and he was fatally shot, dying near the intersection of Indiana Avenue and Madison Street.
During the investigation into the Buckeye Avenue home, police uncovered a marijuana growing operation. They also found a grow operation at the gunman’s home on East 14th Avenue late Friday evening, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office. Spokane police drug investigators processed the drug operations, leaving major crimes detectives from the Sheriff’s Office to head up the shooting investigation.
Because the shooting involved officers from the Spokane Police Department, the Sheriff’s Office and the Washington State Patrol are investigating the incident.
The crime scene extended for several blocks, and forced the closures of Monroe and Madison from Augusta to Northwest Boulevard, and Indiana and Northwest from Monroe to Madison. The sheriff’s helicopter, Air One, surveyed the scene from the air until deteriorating weather conditions grounded the craft, according to a news release.
Police ask that anyone who witnessed the shootings and hasn’t yet been interviewed by detectives call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233 and leave contact information.