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Police chief shoots man to death in Reardan

The police chief in the one-cop town of Reardan shot a man to death today after responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle in a cemetery.

The suspect, identified only as a male, died after “an exchange of gunfire” with Gary Redmond, said Trooper Troy Briggs, spokesman for the Washington State Patrol. Redmond is a former Spokane County sheriff’s deputy. He was fired after being arrested for drunken driving in 2000.

WSP detectives are investigating the shooting, which occurred just after 11 a.m. today at the Reardan Cemetery.

Briggs said it’s not yet known who fired first. Detectives expect to be in Reardan, located on Highway 2 in west Lincoln County, most of the day.