Stories tagged: Brian Hirzel
Sun., July 19, 2015
County grants Knezovich request to allow unmarked patrol cars
At the request of the sheriff, Spokane County commissioners last week passed an ordinance authorizing the use of unmarked patrol cars, amid statewide controversy about the practice. Spokane County Sheriff …
Thu., Jan. 29, 2015
Spokane Deputy Brian Hirzel fired for misusing patrol car
A Spokane County sheriff’s deputy cleared of wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of a Spokane Valley pastor in 2010 has been fired for improperly using county-owned vehicles. Brian Hirzel, of …
UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 28, 2015, 2:56 p.m.
Spokane County Deputy Brian Hirzel fired
A Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy cleared of wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of a Spokane Valley pastor in 2010 has been fired for improperly using county-owned vehicles.
Sun., June 23, 2013
Clark: Creach dispute should have been settled in court
Sometimes what passes for justice around here is just nuts. The recent settlement in the shooting death of a Spokane Valley pastor does nothing to invalidate my thesis.
Sat., June 22, 2013
County settles Creach case
The family of a Spokane Valley pastor shot to death after a confrontation with a deputy sheriff in 2010 will receive $2 million. The settlement was reached Friday after U.S. …
UPDATED: Fri., June 21, 2013, 3:37 p.m.
Spokane County settles Creach shooting case for $2 million
The family of a Spokane Valley pastor shot to death after a confrontation with a deputy sheriff in 2010 will receive $2 million.
Sun., Nov. 20, 2011
Creach family files civil rights lawsuit
The family of a Spokane Valley pastor killed last year by a sheriff’s deputy has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit. The lawsuit filed Friday by the family of Pastor …
Tue., July 19, 2011, 5:50 p.m.
Creach family files $15 million claim against county
The family of slain Spokane Valley pastor Wayne Scott Creach has filed a $14.7 million wrongful death claim against Spokane County, which is a necessary prelude to filing a civil …
Sun., July 10, 2011
Jamie Neely: Pastor Creach tale a painful lesson
There’s something of a John Ford western in the tale of Wayne Scott Creach and the August night he ventured out of his house shirtless and carrying a gun. It …
Thu., July 7, 2011, 4:29 p.m.
Sheriff’s office releases Creach shooting investigation
The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office posted a redacted version of the investigation into the shooting of Wayne Scott Creach by Deputy Brian Hirzel online.
Thu., June 23, 2011
Deputy cleared in Creach shooting
The Spokane County sheriff’s deputy who shot a 74-year-old Spokane Valley pastor last year will face no disciplinary action over the fatal encounter. Deputy Brian Hirzel followed all departmental policies …
Wed., June 22, 2011, 3:20 p.m.
No disciplinary action for deputy who shot pastor
The deputy who shot 74-year-old Wayne Scott Creach will face no disciplinary action after being cleared in an internal investigation examining his compliance with departmental policy and procedures during the …
Thu., May 12, 2011
Clark: Unmarked police car bill solves no one’s problems
I’ve long held the belief that if Olympia’s electricity came from brainpower the Statehouse would be in a perpetual gloom. Even so, I’m confident there’s still enough wisdom at the …
Thu., May 12, 2011
Creaches want all cars marked
No one has lost more from the August shooting that killed a Spokane Valley pastor than Imogene Creach. The widow of 74-year-old Wayne Scott Creach stood among family members Wednesday …
Wed., May 11, 2011, 1:50 p.m.
Pastor’s family seeks limits on unmarked police cars
The family of a Spokane Valley pastor killed in a police confrontation outside his home called on Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich today to voluntarily prohibit the parking of unmarked patrol cars …
Thu., April 28, 2011
Panels find Creach shooting reasonable
Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Hirzel acted “in a reasonable manner” when he fatally shot a 74-year-old pastor last summer in Spokane Valley, two departmental reviews have concluded. “Deputy Brian …
Wed., April 27, 2011, 1:58 p.m.
Sheriff’s panels say pastor’s shooting was ‘reasonable’
Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Hirzel acted “in a reasonable manner” when he fatally shot a 74-year-old pastor last summer in Spokane Valley, two departmental reviews have concluded.
Sun., April 3, 2011
Slain pastor’s sons push for new laws
The sons of slain pastor Wayne Scott Creach have taken their quest for justice to the state Legislature. Alan and Ernie Creach, and the Freedom Restoration Project, a gun rights …
Sun., Jan. 23, 2011
Clark: Tucker made right call in a sad case
So the verdict is finally in. Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker will NOT charge the sheriff’s deputy who shot and killed an elderly Spokane Valley pastor last August.
Sat., Jan. 15, 2011
Creach case hinges on self-defense claim
In principle, it seems clear that a 74-year-old pastor on his own property should not die as a result of an encounter with law enforcement, as Wayne Scott Creach did …
Wed., Dec. 29, 2010
Example guides new head pastor after fatal shooting
The Rev. Eric Walsh was living in McKenzie, Tenn., when he heard in late 2009 about an opening at Greenacres Baptist Church in Spokane Valley. Walsh got the job, and …
Sun., Dec. 19, 2010
Recent police shootings raise notion of inquests
Nearly four months after their father was shot to death by a deputy sheriff in Spokane Valley, sons of Wayne Scott Creach are still looking for answers. Police detectives investigating …
Thu., Dec. 16, 2010
Police investigate burglary at Creach son’s house
Spokane Valley police were searching Wednesday for at least three intruders who ransacked the home of Ernie Creach, son of slain Spokane Valley pastor Wayne Scott Creach. Ernie Creach said …
Fri., Dec. 3, 2010
County considers using reserves to save public safety jobs
Spokane County commissioners may dip into reserves to save jobs and offset some of the most painful cuts in their 2011 general fund budget. Commissioners Mark Richard and Bonnie Mager …
Sat., Nov. 20, 2010
Deputy in probe shot dog, spurring lawsuit
The deputy under investigation for shooting a Spokane Valley pastor was sued in California after he shot the dog of a woman who was performing CPR on her dying husband. …
Sun., Nov. 7, 2010
Officers making life or death decisions in an instant
Facing the muzzle of a gun, a Spokane County sheriff’s deputy said he had one immediate thought: death. Ryan Walter squeezed off eight rounds at the gunman, Donald J. Lafavor. …
Fri., Oct. 22, 2010, 7:37 p.m.
Creach family hires forensic expert
The family of Pastor Wayne Scott Creach said Friday that a key piece of evidence in his death has been compromised – the squad car driven by the Spokane County …
Fri., Oct. 8, 2010
Prosecuter receives Creach autopsy
The autopsy report of pastor Wayne Scott Creach has been turned over to Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker, but it does little to answer many of the family’s questions. Creach’s …
Fri., Oct. 1, 2010
Sheriff drops the wait in shooting probes
Investigators probing officer-involved shootings will no longer be required to wait at least 72 hours before interviewing Spokane County Sheriff’s Office employees. Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich announced the change Thursday, ending …
Thu., Sept. 30, 2010, 7:16 p.m.
Sheriff ends 72-hour rule
Investigators probing officer-involved shootings will no longer be required to wait at least 72 hours before interviewing Spokane County Sheriff’s Office employees.