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City out of shooting case

A federal judge ruled Friday that the city of Spokane will not pay any civil penalties levied against former Spokane Police Officer James “Jay” Olsen, who shot Shonto Pete in the head during a drunken off-duty chase in February 2007. Federal judge Edward F. Shea ruled in favor of a motion brought by Assistant City Attorney Ellen O’Hara seeking to sever the city from the case. O’Hara successfully argued that Olsen never identified himself as a police officer during the Feb. 26, 2007, chase that ended with Olsen shooting Pete in the head.

Spokane removed from Shonto Pete lawsuit

A federal judge ruled this morning that the city of Spokane will not be on the hook if a civil suit proceeds against former Spokane Police Officer James “Jay” Olsen, who shot Shonto Pete in the head during a drunken chase in February 2007.

Olsen flashed badge to try to see judge

The Spokane Police Department’s internal investigation into former Officer Jay Olsen shows that officials could have charged him with a crime a year before his trial, because he tried to discuss his case with the judge assigned to preside over his trial.

Files on police officer, man he shot revealed

A 27-year-old man shot by an off-duty Spokane police officer earlier this week has a criminal past, while Officer James "Jay" Olsen's personnel file indicates only upstanding behavior. Spokane County sheriff's deputies are investigating what happened early Monday when Shonto K. Pete was shot in the head by Olsen. The officer claims Pete was stealing his truck from outside a downtown bar.