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Wanted: Trust in Spokane police force

It was January 2016, and Spokane police Officer Chris McMurtrey had a man in his cruiser who he had arrested in a domestic violence case. The man taunted and threatened McMurtrey, who lost his cool and unleashed a profane tirade against the suspect. McMurtrey’s body camera captured the incident, including him stopping the car to more forcefully berate the suspect.

Thompson kudos cited in court

A Spokane police officer who says he feared for his life after being threatened by a felon was asked in court Wednesday about supportive comments he posted on a Facebook page in support of another convicted felon – former Officer Karl Thompson. Defense lawyer Doug Phelps questioned Officer Chris McMurtrey’s contention that 38-year-old Rudy Ray Cordova’s prior convictions for violent crimes were a cause for concern, noting that Thompson has been convicted of a violent crime, too. Cordova is standing trial for threats he made to McMurtrey while McMurtrey was arresting him last year.

SPD officer questioned in court about support for Thompson

A Spokane police officer who says he feared for his life after being threatened by a felon was asked in court Wednesday about supportive comments he posted on a Facebook page in support of another convicted felon – former Officer Karl Thompson.

Officers in shooting named

The police officers involved in the fatal shooting of a domestic violence suspect Sunday have been identified as Officer Chris McMurtrey and Sgt. Dave Overhoff. McMurtrey, 31, has been with the Spokane Police Department for two years; Overhoff, 48, is an 18-year veteran. Investigators have not said who fired the shots that killed Kenneth R. Dennis, 26, who police say was shot after he “almost stabbed one of the officers,” according to a search warrant filed in Spokane County District Court.

Police officers in fatal shooting identified

The two Spokane Police Department officers involved in the fatal shooting of a domestic violence suspect Sunday morning have been identified as Officer Chris McMurtrey and Sgt. Dave Overhoff.