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Police department fires officer after investigation of 2017 domestic violence assault

UPDATED: Thu., June 6, 2019

Spokane Police Officer Nick Spolski was terminated from Spokane Police Department after an internal investigation for a 2017 assault that he was acquitted from by a jury in February. (Spokane Police Department)
Spokane Police Officer Nick Spolski was terminated from Spokane Police Department after an internal investigation for a 2017 assault that he was acquitted from by a jury in February. (Spokane Police Department)

The Spokane Police Department fired an officer Thursday after concluding an internal affairs investigation of a domestic violence assault in 2017.

Nicholas J. Spolski has been on paid administrative leave since he was arrested and accused of hitting his girlfriend in December 2017, according to a Spokane Police Department news release.

In February, a jury found him not guilty of four counts of domestic violence assault, but following the verdict, SPD began an internal investigation, which concluded Thursday.

SPD spokesman John O’Brien said he could not immediately provide the amount of money the department paid Spolski while he was on administrative leave.

Spolski’s attorney, Rob Cossey, said he was not surprised by the termination.

“Internal affairs was sitting throughout the trial,” he said. “The trial is beyond a reasonable doubt. The (internal affairs investigation) is not.”

Spolski was accused of slapping and punching his live-in girlfriend in her face at their apartment on the 1600 block of North Hatch Road, according to court documents. She also said Spolski slammed a wooden chair on her hand and foot and that he installed spying software on her phone.

The jury was not able to find sufficient evidence of the assaults.

The police department hired Spolski nine years before he was arrested. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps for four years.

Staff writer Chad Sokol contributed to this report.

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