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Spokane Police Guild president placed on leave

A City of Spokane spokesman announced Thursday evening that Spokane Police Sgt. John Gately has been placed on paid administrative leave as part of the investigation into an alleged sexual assault that happened at a party on Oct. 25.

New details emerge in police sexual assault case

Investigators looking to collect trace evidence from under the fingernails of a Spokane police officer suspected of sexually assaulting a fellow officer were prevented from doing so because Sgt. Gordon Ennis’ nails had recently been cut extremely short, new court documents say.

Police party gone bad

Hot tubbing. Drinking. A sexual assault accusation. Now allegations of evidence tampering. Not my idea of a good time. Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich is investigating whether Spokane police officers tampered with evidence and assisted the suspect, also a police officer, in an ongoing sexual assault investigation. “If there is anything nefarious, we will prosecute,” he said.

Officer’s text message ruled a factor in pedestrian fatality

A Spokane police officer who hit and killed an intoxicated pedestrian in his patrol car in January was typing a message into his onboard computer just before the crash. Officer Gordon Ennis told investigators he sent the message to another officer just before he struck John A. Van Curler at West Montgomery Avenue while southbound on North Monroe Street on Jan. 30.

Probe into officer’s killing of pedestrian continues, but vehicular homicide standards high

For a vehicular homicide charge to be filed against a Spokane police officer who hit and killed a pedestrian last month, investigators must show that he was intoxicated, driving recklessly or driving with a flagrant disregard for the safety of others, according to Washington law. Authorities said this week that Officer Gordon Ennis, an eight-year veteran, was driving between 34 mph and 39 mph in a 30 mph zone without his emergency lights and siren on when he struck John A. Van Curler, 52, at Monroe Street and Montgomery Avenue on Jan. 30.