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Officers who shot and killed man just outside Spokane city limits earlier this month identified

UPDATED: Wed., July 19, 2017

The Spokane Police Department has released the identities of the two officers who shot and killed 53-year-old Daniel Craven on Spokane’s South Hill earlier this month.

Officer Kelsey Scott and Caleb Martin are both relatively new hires at the department, with about five years of combined experience, according to a Spokane Police Department news release.

Scott has been with the department since 2014. Previously, she was an SPD reserve officer for nearly a year. Martin was hired by the department in 2016. He graduated from the Basic Law Enforcement and has worked for patrol since graduation.

The two officers were among multiple law enforcement agencies that responded to a domestic violence call at about 12:30 a.m. July 3 in the 5900 block of South Mount Vernon Street, just south of Spokane city limits. A caller previously reported hearing gunshots, and responding officers also reported hearing gunshots upon arrival.

Details have been scarce, but according to the Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office, Craven died from multiple bullets fired by Scott and Martin. A handgun was found near his body, according to police, which was on the side of the road several yards away from a home he was allegedly terrorizing by wrecking a garden in the front yard and firing his gun.

The woman who lived in the home was his ex-girlfriend, who had reported several other domestic violence incidents to police in the past, according to court documents. Craven had no prior criminal history in Spokane County.

The SIRR team, composed of the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, the Washington State Patrol, Spokane Valley Police Department and the Spokane Police Department, has taken over the investigation. The officers were wearing body cameras.

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