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Timeline of police shooting released

Deadly incident began, ended within 10 minutes

A timeline of events surrounding Sunday morning’s fatal police shooting shows the incident occurred over the span of just minutes.

The Spokane Investigative Response Team, which completed its on-scene investigation into the shooting, on Monday released the timeline of events as recorded by dispatch. The team is made up of officers from the Washington State Patrol, the Spokane Police Department and the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

According to a news release, Spokane police officers were dispatched at 3:52 a.m. to 5726 N. Elgin St. for a report of domestic violence. An officer arrived on the scene at 3:57 a.m. At 3:59 a.m., a second officer arrived. Shots were fired three minutes later, at 4:02 a.m. At 4:08 a.m. the Spokane Fire Department arrived, followed by an ambulance at 4:13 a.m.

Investigators found a large knife near the man who was shot, said WSP Trooper Troy Briggs.

The Spokane County medical examiner will release the identity of the man after an autopsy, which is scheduled for this morning. His family on Sunday identified him as Kenneth Dennis, 26.

The names of the two Spokane police officers involved have not been released, but one has been identified as a 48-year-old sergeant with 18 years of experience and the other as a 31-year-old officer with two years of experience. The names of the officers will only be released by the Spokane Police Department, Briggs said. It is unclear which officer arrived first.

So far, the officers have not been interviewed, but Briggs said the investigation team hopes to set an interview date this week.

The investigation is continuing, and the WSP anticipates releasing more information Thursday.



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