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Saturday, December 14, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Law enforcement investigating death of man with reported self-inflicted wounds who had confrontation with Spokane police

UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 10, 2019

The Spokane Investigative Regional Response, or SIRR, team is investigating the death of a man with reportedly self-inflicted wounds who was involved in a physical confrontation with Spokane police Saturday evening.

Officers used force and a stun gun to subdue and render first aid to the man, who reportedly barricaded himself in a bathroom and resisted medical treatment at his north Spokane residence, according to court records.

Police responded to the residence at about 7:15 p.m. after a 911 call from a screaming female reporting an injured male, according to a news release. Medical personnel arrived before police.

The woman said the man was unresponsive in the shower and there was a large amount of blood, according to a news release.

The male was conscious when police responded and would not let them into the bathroom after the woman had tried to treat his wounds, according to a news release. She reported he may have been hallucinating.

Officers kicked in the door after the man locked it, according to court documents. Officers used the stun gun on the man and engaged him physically after he did not comply with commands, the release said.

The man then resisted medical aid and had to be restrained before personnel could administer treatment, including three tourniquets, according to a news release.

Medical personnel initially pronounced the man dead at the scene, but he was transported to the hospital after he had a faint pulse, according to court documents. He was pronounced dead at the hospital and may have died while being transported.

The SIRR Team is comprised of multiple agencies, including the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, Washington State Patrol, the Spokane Valley Police Department, the Airway Heights Police Department and the Spokane Police Department.

The Spokane Police Department will release the names of the officers involved in this incident, and the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office is the lead investigating agency.

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