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Repeat offender jailed after SWAT standoff

A repeat offender was arrested early today after he surrendered to a SWAT team outside a northeast Spokane apartment. 

Dustin C. Rauscher, 25, was booked into Spokane County Jail on a felony arrest warrant for attempting to elude police, and new charges of unlawful imprisonment and second-degree assault. 

The arrest occurred after the Spokane Violent Gang Enforcement Team received an anonymous tip that Rauscher was at an apartment at 2309 E. Euclid Ave.

While officers tried to get someone to open the door about 8 p.m. Wednesday , they heard a woman screaming for help. Officers forced their way inside and found Rauscher assaulting the woman, then got her out while Rauscher ran upstairs.

Police said Rauscher threatened to kill officers if they tried to arrest him and “made it clear” he would not go back to jail. He surrendered about 1 a.m.

Rauscher was arrested in 2007 after found him with 27 shaved Nissan keys and a sawed off shotgun. He was sentenced to 43 months in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition and first-degree possession of stolen property.

Rauscher also has convictions for attempting to elude, hit and run collision, reckless driving, domestic violence assault and interfering with reporting of a domestic violence assault. He has multiple convictions for possession of stolen property, according to Crime Stoppers.

Other unions show support for Kirkpatrick

Division in the Spokane Police Department has been made clear by the March no confidence vote held by the Spokane Police Guild.

Some supporters of Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick within the department responded by printing and wearing the button pictured above, and it appears she has the support of smaller groups within the department that are members of other unions.

“The chief has always been more than fair,” said Mike Smith, staff representative of Local 270 of the Washington State Council of City and County Employees. Smith said Local 270 opted not to hold a confidence vote in response to the Guild’s decision because “this is totally their issue.”

Smith said Local 270 represents about 60 police records specialists, radio operators and other clerical workers in the department.

Two other unions in the department, the Lieutenants and Captains Association and the police employees of the Managerial and Professional Association, wrote Kirkpatrick letters of support.

“The Lt’s and Capt’s Association is supportive of our administration,” wrote Capt. Steve Braun in an e-mail to Kirkpatrick on March 18. “We believe in the agreed upon mission, vision and values of the Spokane Police Department.”

Police guild distorted vote on Kirkpatrick

The extent of dissatisfaction with Spokane police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick among the rank and file may not be as bad as union leaders suggest.

A document obtained by The Spokesman-Review shows Spokane Police Guild leaders misrepresented the results of a recent no-confidence vote against Kirkpatrick and Assistant Chief Jim Nicks.

Of the 276 guild members, 112 voted no confidence in the department’s leadership, or fewer than half.

Guild President Ernie Wuthrich insisted earlier this month that more than half of the union’s members had cast no-confidence votes against the chief, not just half of the members who actually cast ballots. Wuthrich has refused to disclose the exact results of the no-confidence vote, saying it’s against union procedure.

Read the rest of the story here.

Past coverage: Police union claims no confidence in Kirkpatrick

Man sought after SWAT comes up empty

Spokane police are looking for a domestic violence suspect they believe escaped before officers surrounded his Hillyard home for four hours on Saturday.

Police say Pedro J. Garcia, 35, was reported to be suicidal when they arrived at 2900 E. Diamond shortly before 8 p.m. Saturday to check on the safety of a woman there, according to the Spokane Police Department.

When the SWAT team entered the home after a four-hour standoff, Garcia wasn’t inside.

Now he’s being sought on charges of domestic violence, violating a protection order, burglary, unlawful imprisonment and harassment.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Spokane police chief is finalist for Seattle job

Spokane Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick is one of 11 finalists to lead Seattle’s police force.

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn’s office released the list Monday in a news release.

The finalists will be interviewed May 8 by McGinn’s chief search committee.

Other candidates include the police chiefs of Des Moines, Iowa; Sacramento; East Palo Alto, Calif.; and Lawrence, Mass. There are three internal candidates, including Interim Seattle Chief John Diaz.

Kirkpatrick announced earlier this year that she would apply for the job.

Past coverage: Chief keeps eye on Seattle job

Picture shows Spokane credit union robber

A man robbed the Spokane Teachers Credit Union branch on Indian Trail Road this afternoon.

The man handed a teller a note shortly after 2:30 p.m. that said he had a gun, but he never displayed one, police said.

The robber left on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. No one was injured.

Witnesses thought the robber may have headed north from the bank, at 8703 N. Indian Trail Road.

The robber is described as in his early 30s, white, between 5-foot-10 and 6 feet tall, with a thin-to-medium build. He wore a black windbreaker jacket, jeans and a black knit cap with a gray stripe around the rim.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

It’s the third robbery at a Spokane County financial institution this week.

Spokane police K-9 Var honored after death

A Spokane police K-9 who died after surgery to remove a brain tumor was honored this week by the Washington State Police Canine Association.

Var, a 10-year-old German shepherd who died last June, was awarded the Medal of Valor for a March 17, 2009, shooting that struck him twice. Var’s handler, Officer Dan Lesser, shot and killed the suspect, 22-year-old Johnnie L. Longest III.

Longest, a meth addict, had abandoned a stolen car and ran from police; investigators said he was preparing to shoot again when Lesser shot him. (Var is pictured at front in April 2009; Lesser is in back with his new partner, Rav.)

Lesser accepted the award for Var in Yakima on Tuesday. About 100 K-9 handlers from around Washington attended the spring seminar.

Pierce County Sheriff’s deputy John Munson, president of the Canine Association, said Var saved Lesser’s life “and possible the lives of others,” according to a news release.

Var also received the Spokane Police Department’s Purple Heart in April 2009.

Sex offender arrested for indecent exposure

A convicted rapist considered likely to reoffend is in Spokane County Jail after police say he exposed himself to a four-year-old girl.

James A. Peterschick, 51, was drunk when officers arrived at 511 E. Indiana, where the girl’s parents said Peterschick exposed himself while standing in the front yard, according to court documents.

Peterschick said he vaguely remembers going outside but didn’t remember exposing himself to anyone. He told police he’d been drinking “because he was upset over his wife leaving him,” according to court documents.

Peterschick was convicted in 1986 of statutory rape involving 13- and 14-year-old girls, according to news archives. He served about eight years in prison after being convicted in Montana in 1990 of sexual intercourse without consent involving a 17-year-old girl.

He’s a level 3 sex offender - the classification considered most likely to reoffend. He’s in jail on three counts of indecent exposure, a misdemeanor charged in Spokane Municipal Court.

Police ombudsman submits first report

The first 18 of 19 internal investigations into police actions to be reviewed by Spokane’s police ombudsman have been labeled “timely, thorough and objective.”

Spokane’s first police ombudsman, Tim Burns, released data about his first few months on the job this week as part of his annual report to City Council.

Read Jonathan Brunt’s story here.

K-9 nabs 2 burglary suspects after crash

A police dog helped catch two teenagers accused of burglarizing an East Boone Avenue building supply store this morning.

Officers saw two men run from Allied Building Supplies, 2808 E. Boone Ave., to a car that fled until crashing in the area of East Garnet Avenue and North Market Street.

Police arrested the suspected driver, Shelbie L. Harding, 20, on one count of attempting to elude a police vehicle. Officer Jake Jensen’s K-9, Duke, found another suspect hiding atop a shed, then found the third suspect a few blocks away. Jonothon A. Delay, 18, and Daniel R. Burland, 18, each face a second-degree burglary charge.

Police called the arrests “an example of excellent patrol work form the K-9 handler and his partner as well as patrol officers.”

“Fleeing suspects demonstrate that they are willing to actively avoid capture and often have a plethora of hiding places in which to secrete themselves,” according to a news release. “The K-9s are able to locate suspects with much less risk to responding officers.”

Jensen and Duke are pictured above at the Spokane police training center in March 2008.

Police union: No confidence in Kirkpatrick

Union leaders representing Spokane Police Department officers say they have approved a no-confidence vote against Chief Anne Kirkpatrick and her administration.

The Spokane Police Guild said a “majority” of its 268 members voted in March that they have no confidence in the “office” of the police chief.

“Our people are shaken to the core over this lack of trust,” said Guild President Ernie Wuthrich, a Spokane police detective. “We’re at an all-time low at this point.”

But union leaders refuse to release vote tallies, saying they never have for other votes and see no need to now.

Read the rest of the story here.

Zags basketball led Thompson to Zehm call

Newly filed documents reveal new details about the encounter with Spokane police Officer Karl Thompson (left) and other officers that led to Otto Zehm’s death.

Tom Clouse wrote an article explaining that allegations of a cover up by Spokane police officers over their handling of the fatal Otto Zehm confrontation and the department’s investigation of the case are being presented to a federal grand jury.

The ongoing obstruction of justice probe by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI includes indications that some Spokane police officers, including Assistant Chief Jim Nicks and lead detective Terry Ferguson, now are acknowledging that the city’s earlier characterizations of the fatal encounter were wrong and that its investigation was incomplete and inaccurate.

The new documents contain several details that didn’t make it into the story, including the revelation that Thompson and other officers were watching the Gonzaga men’s basketball team play a NCAA tournament game at an SPD substation when the Zehm call came in.

Thompson responded to the call because he “is originally from Los Angeles, lives in North Idaho, and had no interest in the GU game,” according to the documents.

Also in the documents, federal prosecutors question the financial status of Thompson that allowed him to successfully petition to have tax payers foot the bill for his defense.

Thompson filed for divorce in September 3 from his wife of 38 years after the $2.9 million civil suit was filed.

The divorce agreement called for her receiving “all interest” in the couple’s log home, which was listed for sale at $675,000, near Hayden.

The agreement also allows Thompson to remain in the home free of rent.

But some 18 months after the divorce decree, “the family home is no longer for sale and the defendant is reported to still reside at the home with his purported ex-wife,” according to the documents.

Spike strip stops Spokane fuel theft suspect

A police chase in Spokane early Tuesday ended with the arrest of a man suspected in a series of fuel heists in the Inland Northwest. 

Richard L. Trower, 37, was driving a stolen Honda Accord when officers used spike strips to flatten the tires during a chase on East Trent Avenue after 2 a.m., according to court documents prepared by Spokane police.

Trower (pictured left at the Benewah County Jail in 2008) was arrested after a cruiser bumped the back of the Honda as he drove on the wheel rims. His passenger, 28-year-old Ambur R. Bay, was arrested on a drug charge.

It’s the second arrest in two months for the duo, who police believe may be involved in an interstate fuel theft ring that triggered a massive drug and stolen property investigation by the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

Spokane police detectives believe Trower is an associate of the suspects arrested in a stolen property investigation on March 23, including 36-year-old Cole T. Monson, but Trower has not been charged.

Read the rest of my story here.

Fugitive mother returns to Spokane

A woman found in Portland with two children who’d been ordered to return to state custody is back in Spokane.

Patricia J. Lyons, 25, is due in Spokane County Superior Court on one count of second-degree assault after police say she stabbed her ex-boyfriend April 3.

The alleged stabbing caused Child Protective Services to order Lyons’ 5-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son back to sate custody, but Lyons left Spokane before police could locate them.

She was on the run for several days before Portland police found the girl at an elementary school on Thursday.

Lyons recently enrolled the girl at the school after telling officials at a Spokane school she was moving out of state.

Police found Lyons at a motel with her son. Lyons was booked into Spokane County Jail Monday at 8:10 p.m.

Gunman wanted in Spokane carjacking

A man who stole a 2002 Pontiac Bonneville at gunpoint in East Central Spokane Thursday is on the loose.

The carjacker stole the Pontiac from a woman at First Avenue and Stone Street about 11 p.m., according to the Spokane Police Department. The woman left the car after the man ordered her out at gunpoint.

The man, described as white, short, thin and his 20s, drove away in the car, which is green with Washington license plate 491ZDR.

If you see the car, call 911. The gunman was clean-shaven and wore a hooded sweatshirt.

Cover up alleged in fiery Spokane car crash

A 25-year-old Spokane man is accused of trying to cover up his involvement in a fiery collision by telling police his car had been stolen.

Christopher L. Robinson crashed his car March 31 at 4400 W. Strong Road, taking out a utility pole and knocking out power to several homes in the Indian Trial area, according to the Spokane Police Department.

Police couldn’t find the driver that night, and Robinson reported the vehicle stolen the next morning.

Spokane police Officer Christopher Bode, while he was off duty, contacted a witness he identified Robinson as the driver and said she’d driven him from the collision.

Robinson was booked into Spokane County Jail Thursday on misdemeanor charges of hit and run and false reporting. He’s out on $750 bond.

Police: Baby brain dead after father’s assault

When medics first saw Skyelynn Jamison this week, the two-month-old girl had a serious head injury, broken ribs and bruises all over her body.

Her father, 18-year-old Tyler L. Jamison, told a doctor on the phone earlier that he thought something was wrong, but police say he ignored orders to take the girl to a hospital immediately.

Now Skyelynn is on life support at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, and Jamison is in Spokane County Jail on a first-degree assault charge that police say will be amended to a murder charge if Skyelynn dies.

The girl is not expected to survive, said police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer DeRuwe.

Detectives arrested Jamison late Wednesday after his girlfriend’s family told 911 dispatchers he planned to leave town to escape arrest.

Spokane County District Court Judge Debra Hayes called the police description of the case “difficult for anyone to read” before ruling Jamison a flight risk Thursday. His bail was set at $200,000.

Read the rest of my story here.

Skyelynn is the third Spokane baby in two years to suffer fatal injuries allegedly at the hands of a caretaker.

In March 2008, Nevaeh Alana Miller died after police say her mother’s boyfriend, Jereme J. Bassett, abused her. Bassett, 24, is scheduled for trial in June on one charge of second-degree murder.

In December 2008, Izayah Arlen Wayne Denison died at the hands of his mother’s boyfriend, Andrew W. Whitmire. Whitmire, 24, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in November and is serving 14 years in prison.

In February, Daniel S. O’Brien, 23, was charged with assaulting his 2-month-old daughter, Tristan. He remains in jail.

Wanted mother, 2 kids found safe

A Spokane mother whose children have been ordered to return to state custody has been located in Portland.

Patricia Lyons, 25, left Spokane after police say she stabbed her ex-boyfriend on Saturday.

Child Protective Services determined the incident violated court restrictions, and her 5-year-old daughter, Athena Lyons, and 2-year-old son, Ronnie Adams, are to return to state custody.

Portland police found Athena at an elementary school this afternoon, where they say she was recently enrolled by Lyons.

Police found Lyons at a motel with her son, and officers are coordinating her return to Spokane. Police believe Lyons may have left town before she knew she’d lost custody of her children, said Officer Jennifer DeRuwe.

“That’s why it didn’t make it to an Amber Alert,” DeRuwe said.

Spokane police K-9 nabs robbery suspect

Two men suspected of a home invasion robbery in Spokane last month are now in police custody.

A Spokane police dog, Bennie, captured Wesley I. Veazie, 22, (right) after he ran from traffic stop near North Lincoln Street and West Boone Avenue Wednesday about 6:20 p.m., police said today.

Officers conducted the stop with members of the U.S. Marshals  Las Vegas police captured his suspected accomplice, Taveus M. Brown (left), 30, Wednesday also.

The men are suspected of bursting into another man’s apartment at 2500 E. South Riverton on March 2 and holding him at gunpoint.

A SWAT team searched a home at 1921 E. 4th Ave. the next day but didn’t find the men.

Now they’re in custody on charges of first-degree kidnapping, first-degree burglary and attempted first-degree robbery. Veazie is due in Superior Court this afternoon; Brown is in jail in Las Vegas.

Brown’s extensive criminal history includes convictions for conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, theft, riot and second degree unlawful possession of a firearm.  ’

Veazie has convictions for making a false statement, fourth-degree assault, obstructing an officer, conspiracy to possession of a controlled substance, theft, riot and second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.

2 gang-related assaults reported in Spokane

Spokane police are investigating two assaults in the last four days that may be gang related.

The first occurred April 3 near North Cincinnati Street and East Mission Avenue about 12:30 a.m. An 18-year-old said he was attacked by three people, one who “possibly fired a gun at him,” according to police. His injuries are not life threatening.

The second occurred early Tuesday in north Spokane. Staff at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center called police after a 33-year-old stabbing victim was brought to the emergency room “by associates,” police said.

One person reportedly admitted the incident was gang related and occurred about midnight, police said. The victim was stabbed several times but his injuries were not life threatening.

Anyone with information on either assault is asked to call 509-625-GANG (4264). Callers can remain anonymous.

Police: Wanted woman on lam with 2 kids

A Spokane mother whose children have been ordered to return to state custody was spotted Tuesday in Portland.

Patricia Lyons, 25, is wanted on a second-degree assault charge after police say she stabbed her ex-boyfriend on Saturday.

Child Protective Services determined the incident violated court restrictions, and her 5-year-old daughter, Athena Lyons, and 2-year-old son, Ronnie Adams, are to return to state custody.

But police can’t find Lyons, and they think she may have left town not knowing she’d lost custody of her children, said Officer Jennifer DeRuwe.

“That’s why it didn’t make it to an Amber Alert,” DeRuwe said.

Lyons cancelled counseling appointments and told her employees at her daughter’s school “that she is moving out of state,” police said Wednesday.

Lyons “is not in a healthy mental state” and the children may be at risk, police said. She may be driving a white Chevy Lumina with Washington license plates 229 XWX.

Anyone with information on Lyons should call 911.

Newest arrest puts man in SPD’s top 10

A man considered one of Spokane’s most active criminals allegedly rammed a police vehicle during a pursuit late Monday, leading to his seventh arrest since December.

Police spotted Aleksey Y. Solodyankin, 31, driving recklessly near Cincinnati Street and North Avenue about 10:40 p.m., but it took spike strips, a dozen officers and two tries of force over two miles to stop his car, according to court documents.

Solodyankin was arrested after a second officer rammed the back of the car at Pearl Street and Boone Avenue, forcing it into a spin, stopping the chase.

Read the rest of my story here.

Solodyankin was arrested in January in connection with two December smash-and-grab burglaries.

His alleged accomplice, 24-year-old Yan Yefremov, has a criminal history similar in length to Solodyankin’s. He was arrested in February in an alleged drug and stolen property crime spree.

Yefremov’s newest charge is a federal one - he was indicted Tuesday in U.S. District Court on one count of felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition for a Glock pistol he allegedly possessed on Dec. 9.

Gunman threatened to cause a ‘war zone’

A gunman shot and killed by police last week had told his brother-in-law the day before that he planned to turn the neighborhood into a “war zone,” according to court documents filed Friday.

Todd E. White, 46, had previously threatened to kill Gary Paul in a dispute over firearms inherited from White’s late father, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

On March 26, he showed up at Paul’s home at 4127 E. 36th Ave., with a semi-automatic pistol equipped with a laser-sighting device and fired at least four shots at two officers when they arrived, the sheriff’s office said.

Officer Trevor Nollmeyer, who joined the forced in 2003, shot White twice about 6:29 a.m. He was declared dead at a hospital about 8 a.m.

White, who pleaded guilty in 2002 to assaulting two Clark County deputies, had been at the scene for about 20 minutes prior to the arrival of Nollmeyer and Mason, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

White’s felony convictions made him ineligible to possess a gun, and family told police he had “mental instability issues.”

Police searched White’s 1999 Mazda truck on Monday as part of an ongoing investigation.

Previous coverage:

Man killed in police shootout identified

Gunman assaulted cops in ‘01

Tips sought on driver v. pedestrian assault

Police are seeking tips on a driver they believe intentionally hit a pedestrian near a Spokane elementary school last week.

The victim was struck at 200 W. Nebraska, across the street from Madison Elementary School, about 4:30 p.m. on March 26.

Officers believe the crash was not an accident. But investigators exhausted leads and police said today that the case remains unsolved.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (509) 327-5111 or (800) 222-TIPS, or submit tips online.

Tipsters do not have to give a name but should provide a code name or number.

South Hill crash injures driver, 3 children

A driver was in critical condition and his three children were injured Thursday after he lost control of his car, which vaulted into a telephone pole before coming to rest on its top near 32nd Avenue and Ray Street.

Spokane police and fire officials did not release the name of the 24-year-old man, who was transported to Sacred Heart Medical Center and the cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Joseph Maine, 22, and his 20-year-old brother, Danny Murinko, were working in their backyard when they heard the driver accelerate while driving a Dodge Stratus northbound on Ray.

 “Hearing those little kids screaming. I wouldn’t wish that on anyone. I almost wanted to cry,” Maine said.

Read the rest of Thomas Clouse’s story and see more photos here.

Alert neighbor helps nab burglary suspects

An alert neighbor in the Five Mile Prairie area helped Spokane police catch two juveniles in connection with three home burglaries overnight.

The neighbor reported seeing two suspicious males running from the area as police responded to the 8700 block of North Cherry Lane for a burglary alarm, according to police.

Officer Michelle Madsen spotted two people running and worked with other officers to set up a perimeter so they couldn’t get away. K-9 Officer Dan Lesser and his dog, Ray, found the boys, who had been reported as runaways, hiding under a deck in a nearby back yard.

The two were booked into Spokane County Juvenile Detention Center on one count of residential burglary involving the home with the alarm and two counts of second-degree burglary in connection with break-ins at two vacant new homes.

“This incident is an example of the community/police partnership,” King said in a news release. “The alert neighbor notifying police of the suspicious males in the area led to the arrest of the two burglars, solving three separate crimes.”

Man shot by police had fired pistol w/ laser

The gunman shot and killed by police Friday had fired four shots at officers from a semi-automatic pistol equipped with a laser-sighting device, law enforcement officials announced today.

Officer Trevor Nollmeyer, who joined the forced in 2003, shot and killed Todd E. White, 46, at 4127 E. 36th Ave. after he and Officer Dion Mason were fired upon while responding to a report of a family dispute involving an armed man. The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office released the names of the officers today.

White was about to confront residents at the home of his sister and brother-in-law over a dispute involving firearms inherited from White’s late father, sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Dave Reagan said in a news release.

White, who pleaded guilty in 2002 to assaulting two Clark County deputies, had been at the scene for about 20 minutes prior to the arrival of Nollmeyer and Mason, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

White’s brother-in-law called police at 6:01 a.m. Police reported gunfire at 6:29 a.m.

White, whose felony convictions made him ineligible to possess a gun, had an electronic police scanner in his pickup, Reagan said.

Previous coverage:

Man killed in police shootout identified

Gunman assaulted cops in ‘01

Suspect arrested in Spokane rape from ‘99

A suspect was arrested this week in a rape that's been unsolved for more than 10 years.

Robert C. Graham Jr., 30, appeared in Superior Court today via video from the jail, where he's been since his arrest on Tuesday.

He's accused of raping a woman on Sept. 6, 1999, as she walked to work on Market Street near Green Street about 4:10 a.m. The woman described her attacker as a young man she'd never seen before with “straight brown hair and pointy nose,” according to court documents.

Last fall, the Washington State Crime Lab matched DNA evidence from the crime with Graham's DNA, which had only recently been obtained, said Spokane police Detective Harlen Harden.

Harden, the detective first assigned to the case in 1999, described the victim as “relieved” by the suspect's arrest.

“It's been pretty hard on her,” Harden said.

Graham, a level 1 sex offender, was convicted of third-degree rape involving a 15-year-old victim in 2000.

He’s lived in the Deer Park and Colfax area all his life and has been employed at a construction company for about a year, his public defender said. “Mr. Graham has worked very hard to turn his life around,” she said. “The merits of this are to be determined at a later date.”

Graham's bond was set today at $25,000 for one count of second-degree rape.

No joke: New tickets for red-light runners

Spokane drivers who run red lights at four new camera-equipped intersections can expect $124 tickets beginning Thursday.

The cameras are located at Freya Street facing north at Third Avenue, Second Avenue facing west at Thor Street, Wellesley Avenue facing east at Ash Street, and Division Street facing north at Sprague Avenue.

Red-light runners at those intersections have received only warnings since the cameras were activated March 1, but the warning period ends this week.

Officers have approved 416 warnings through those cameras as of March 23, according to the Spokane Police Department. Another 184 are pending.

The city began fining red light violators caught on camera Nov. 1, 2008. Two cameras are at Francis Avenue and Division Street. One camera monitors Sprague Avenue and Browne Street, and another is at Mission Avenue and Hamilton Street.

Spokane issued 5,690 camera tickets that resulted in revenue of $419,000, Officer Teresa Fuller said in a Jan. 6 article.

But a review of collisions reports shows the camera-equipped intersections had an increase in crashes and injuries in the first year of the controversial program.

Read the story: Red-light cameras yet to signal safety

Man shot by officers assaulted police in ‘01

A gunman shot and killed by Spokane police on Friday had assaulted law enforcement in Vancouver, Wash., eight years ago.

Todd E. White, 46, pleaded guilty to two counts of felony third-degree assault in January 2002 — two months after he attacked two sheriff’s deputies in a Clark County courtroom.

White had a warrant for his arrest stemming from those earlier convictions when police say he fired shots at an officer responding to a report that White was outside his sister’s home with a gun on Friday.

The officer, who has not been identified, fired several shots, and White was later pronounced dead at a hospital. The officer or officers involved in the shooting, who are expected to be publicly identified this week, have been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard protocol for police-involved shootings.

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the case with the Spokane Police Department.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Dave Reagan said on Monday that he had no new information. He said he could not say if officers knew of White’s criminal history when they responded to a call for help from White’s brother-in-law, Gary Paul, about 6 a.m. on Friday.

Felons are prohibited from possessing firearms. A suspect’s criminal history can mean increased police response to an initial call but doesn’t change protocol for lethal force.

The incident began when a neighbor called the Pauls on Friday morning to tell them that White was outside the home with a gun, according to the Sheriff’s Office. White and Heidi Paul’s father recently died, and “there was a dispute over some guns that had been inherited,” Reagan said.

Police haven’t said how many shots White fired before he was shot. He collapsed in the Paul’s yard and was pronounced dead about 8 a.m.

Clark County issued a warrant for White in 2005 for not paying fines related to his third-degree assault convictions, according to court records.

When the assaults occurred, White was already in jail for failing to comply with terms of previous felony convictions for trafficking in stolen property and forgery in 1993 and 1995.

White was in an inmate-attorney interview room when an official told deputies he was “not being cooperative, was refusing to sit down and was slamming the door,” according to court documents.

White refused a deputy’s orders and shoved him when the deputy tried to grab his upper arm. The two began punching each other, and another deputy “joined the fight” before White was handcuffed, according to court documents.

White was sentenced to eight months in jail for the assaults.

Police say White, a father of four, lived in Spokane.

Past coverage: Gunman killed in police shootout identified