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UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 7, 2019

Spokane police officer apologizes, gets one-day suspension for shouting death threats at suspect

Officer Dan Lesser received one day of unpaid suspension for shouting vulgar death threats and failing to immediately activate his body camera during a February arrest in which he released …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 1, 2019

Shawn Vestal: Initial internal reviews, watchdog assessment raise serious concerns about exoneration in K-9 arrest

Chief Craig Meidl and Capt. Tom Hendren said they believed that the context of the arrest led them to conclude the use of force was appropriate. They did not mention …


Shawn Vestal: Use of K-9, incendiary threats in arrest show the need for outside oversight of Spokane police

This moment is precisely why the ombudsman’s office exists. The police department has essentially signed off on everything in the video but Lesser’s demeanor. But we’ve got to have more …


Lawsuit against city alleges police K-9 bite

A woman claims a police dog owned by the Spokane Police Department bit her without provocation and wouldn’t release despite being ordered to do so by Officer Dan Lesser, according …


Shawn Vestal: Police shooting inquiries must be public, transparent

They say most police officers never fire a shot in the line of duty. So would it be unusual for an officer to have shot four people in the line …


James Rogers’ family questions death investigation

The shots that ended a standoff two years ago on the lower South Hill continue to create a wide chasm between how a grieving family and law enforcement investigators view …


Cab driver comes prepared to handle assailant

A man pulled a gun on the wrong cab driver late Friday night, police say.


Officer Dan Lesser fired shots that killed man in police standoff

A 16-year Spokane police veteran and member of the SWAT team has been identified as the officer who shot and killed an armed and suicidal man Monday. Authorities said Thursday …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 29, 2011

Officer in fatal South Hill shooting identified

A 16-year Spokane police veteran and member of the SWAT team has been identified as the officer who shot and killed an armed and suicidal man Monday.


Standoff ends with man dead

A reportedly armed and suicidal man was shot to death Monday night by Spokane police after a nearly two-hour standoff on the lower South Hill. The identity of the dead …


Spokane police K-9 Var honored after death

A Spokane police K-9 who died after surgery to remove a brain tumor was honored this week by the Washington State Police Canine Association.


Police credit alert neighbor in burglary arrests

Spokane Police this morning are crediting an alert neighbor in the Five Mile Prairie area for helping them catch two juveniles in connection with three home burglaries overnight.


Spokane officer cleared in fatal shooting

Spokane Police Officer Dan Lesser has been cleared in the fatal shooting of car thief suspect Johnnie Longest.


In brief: Breeder donates pup to police K-9 unit

A Pullman man motivated by the shooting of a Spokane police dog has given the department a German shepherd puppy. Nick Lungu breeds and trains the dogs for his business, …


In brief: Meeting tonight on bus bench ads

Spokane City Councilman Al French will sponsor a public meeting tonight about bus bench advertising. Citing a 2001 city ordinance regulating signs, Spokane Mayor Mary Verner recently sent a letter …


Hanging up the police collar

This a tale of two type-A personalities, both with tails. One is entering retirement; the other is just beginning his career. The retiree could share stories of catching bad guys …


Hanging up the police collar

This a tale of two type-A personalities, both with tails.


In brief: Officers in shooting cleared for duty

Two Spokane police officers have been cleared to return to work after a confrontation last week in which the officers shot and killed a Deer Park man. Police policy requires …


Officers involved in fatal shooting to return to work

Two Spokane police officers have been cleared to return to work after an incident last week in which police shot a Deer Park man to death.