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Robbery suspect shot dead by police identified

Stephen C. Corkery, 30, was identified by the Spokane County Medical Examiner as the man shot multiple times following a standoff in northwest Spokane on Wednesday.

Investigators say Corkery was a suspect in at least one of a series of armed robberies in Spokane taking place since the beginning of March.

Corkery was armed with a gun when he walked out of a single-story structure and refused commands to disarm around 7 p.m., according to police.

A video posted online by a purported witness to the encounter shows a man walk out of the rental property at 1527 W. Grace Ave. He hasn’t stopped taking steps when gunfire can be heard and onlookers seek cover behind cars.

Neighbors said Thursday the house has visitors at all hours of the day. Officers arrested another person there just last week, they said. A man who answered the door at the home Thursday afternoon declined comment.

Corkery has previous felony convictions for residential burglary, theft of a firearm and stolen property trafficking. He had been ordered to attend substance abuse treatment in 2011, according to court records.

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