January 31, 2011 in City

Pedestrian dies after being hit by police car

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Authorities say a police officer en route to a trouble call struck and fatally injured a pedestrian in Spokane late Sunday night.

Sgt. David Reagan, a spokesman with the Spokane County Sheriff’s Department, says the crash occurred at Monroe Street and Montgomery Avenue as the officer, who was southbound, was responding to a trouble call on West Spofford Avenue. The officer was in a patrol car, but it was not clear if his emergency lights were flashing.

The officer and others performed first aid until paramedics arrived. The pedestrian was taken to a Spokane hospital, where he died early Monday morning.

Reagan said a Spokane Regional Investigative Response Team comprised of several law enforcement agencies is investigating the fatal crash.

The names of the victim and the officer were not released.

Monroe was closed for hours during an investigation of the collision, and a law enforcement mobile command center was sent to the scene.

Police had been to the same home about 8:30 p.m. on a call but no one came to the door. The second call at 10 p.m. came after a the caller reported hearing a woman yell, “Get off of me.”

Detectives are asking anyone who may have witnessed the accident to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

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