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Corrections officer identified in Deaconess Hospital shooting

Thu., July 17, 2014, 4:31 p.m.

Sandy Rief, a five-year veteran of Spokane County Detention Services, was identified Thursday as the deputy who shot at a fleeing inmate awaiting surgery at Deaconess Hospital earlier this week.

Investigators say Rief fired at Cameron Trevino, 26, following an altercation on the fourth floor of the hospital around 2 a.m. Monday. Rief missed Trevino, who was taken back into custody without injury. He remains at the Spokane County Jail facing an assault charge.

Rief was one of six corrections deputies involved in subduing 33-year-old Christopher Parker, who died of a methamphetamine overdose aggravated by restraint measures used by jail staff in February 2013, according to a Medical Examiner’s report. The death was ruled a homicide, and after an investigation the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office ruled the actions of Rief and the other deputies justified.

Rief received commendations for his actions dealing with suicidal subjects in May and August 2012, according to a news release from the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office. He served 20 years in the U.S. Air Force before joining the county as a corrections officer, according to the release. He remains on paid administrative leave pending an investigation by the Spokane Police Department per officer-involved shooting protocols.

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