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Spokane police chief, in wake of Seattle shooting, says outreach to minorities is ‘nonstop effort’

The fatal shooting of a pregnant woman in the vicinity of her children by Seattle police on Sunday, along with last week’s acquittal of a Minnesota police officer who shot and killed a black man, has reignited nationwide criticism of police violence. Spokane police Chief Craig Meidl said he didn’t want to comment or speculate on shootings by officers in other cities, especially while the investigation in Seattle is ongoing.

Shawn Vestal: Coroner would help clear air about police shootings

Seven years ago, Prosecutor Steve Tucker had an interesting idea. Tucker was coming under criticism at the time for his office’s slow handling of its review of the Otto Zehm case. Perhaps, Tucker said then, we should conduct coroner’s inquests into cases where someone dies in confrontations with police: seat juries of citizens to review the deaths, provide a public window into the investigative process, and lay the groundwork for any decision by prosecutors about whether the police actions were lawful.

Coeur d’Alene police shoot, kill man

A Coeur d’Alene police officer yelled “drop it!” three times before fatally shooting a man at an apartment near downtown Sunday morning, according to two women who heard the confrontation. A man who lives next door to the scene said he heard no such command but did hear the shots – five, by his count – just a couple of minutes after he looked out his window and saw an officer approaching the apartment.

Man shot by Idaho trooper had been questioned for 45 minutes

A Montana man shot and killed by an Idaho State Police trooper last month had been questioned by the trooper and a Shoshone County sheriff’s deputy for about 45 minutes before he retrieved a handgun from his car, prompting the deadly confrontation. Alexander L. Mandarino, 26, of Whitefish, Mont., died from a single gunshot wound to the chest, according to a preliminary autopsy report.

Spokane police officer cleared in fatal shooting

Spokane County prosecutors have ruled that a Spokane police officer didn’t break the law when he shot an armed man who had already fired his gun three times and had led officers on a vehicle chase. Jack Driscoll, chief deputy criminal Spokane County Prosecutor, reviewed the case and determined that six-year veteran Officer Adam Valdez did not commit a crime when he shot and killed Jacob I. Dorfman on Feb. 5 on the lower South Hill.

Idaho trooper kills man during struggle for gun

LOOKOUT PASS – An Idaho State Police trooper shot and killed a man during a struggle over a handgun Wednesday along Interstate 90 just west of the Idaho-Montana state line. The trooper, whose name has not been released, was not injured in the confrontation that took place around noon, said Lt. Stuart Miller of the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department. A Shoshone County sheriff’s deputy also was present.

Valley police incident deadly

The niece of a wanted man killed in a deputy-involved shooting Saturday morning said the reported confrontation was unlike anything she knew him for. Spokane County deputies shot Roy Jacobs Jr. about 5:40 a.m. at the Somerset Meadows apartments at McDonald Road and Trent Avenue. He was pronounced dead at the hospital, according to a news release from Spokane police, who are leading the investigation into the shooting.

Authorities probe Craigslist rant: ‘Goodbye cruel world’

A man killed by Spokane police Tuesday may have authored a chilling farewell on Craigslist that outlined his plans to begin randomly shooting people just hours before the fatal confrontation. Investigators are looking into whether Jacob I. Dorfman, 52, was responsible for the message posted in the Rants and Raves section of the popular online billboard Monday about 4:15 p.m., just nine hours before his deadly confrontation with law enforcement on Spokane’s South Hill.

Police justified in Idaho shooting; video released

Two Post Falls police officers and and Idaho State Police corporal were justified when they shot a fugitive to death in March during a chase that ended in a cul-de-sac in Hayden, authorities concluded this week.