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California governor signs law to limit shootings by police

California is changing its standards for when police can kill under a law signed Monday by Gov. Gavin Newsom, as it tries to deter police shootings of young minority men …


Fatal officer-involved shootings in Spokane during 2017

Here’s a brief overview all officer-involved shootings in city of Spokane and Spokane County in 2017.


UPDATED: Wed., June 21, 2017, 6:43 a.m.

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 …


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 …


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. …


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 …


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 …


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. …


Clark: Body camera could have cleared up deputy-involved shooting

Another deputy-involved shooting took place in Spokane Valley with deadly results. And another controversy has erupted over what may or may not have happened.


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 …


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. …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 3, 2012, 8:12 p.m.

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 …


UPDATED: Mon., July 30, 2012, 6:59 p.m.

Cop shooter’s alleged accomplice attempts suicide at jail

A man accused of helping Charles Wallace, who shot two sheriff’s deputies before killing himself last month, tried to kill himself at the Spokane County Jail on Friday.


Injured deputies making progress

Two sheriff’s deputies shot by a fugitive heroin-trafficking suspect last week continue to recover as detectives continue to investigate the crime spree that ended in the gunman’s suicide. Deputy Matt …


Deputies recovering as shooting probe continues

Two sheriff’s deputies shot by a fugitive heroin trafficking suspect last week continue to recover as detectives continue to investigate the crime spree that ended in the shooter’s suicide.


Shooter’s alleged helper will remain behind bars

A Spokane man accused of helping the fugitive who shot two deputies will remain jailed on $100,000 bond. Robert Lee “Bo” Ruth, 42, has seven felony convictions, 15 misdemeanor convictions …


Man accused of helping cop shooter to stay in jail

A Spokane man accused of helping the fugitive who shot two deputies will remain jailed on $100,000 bond. Robert Lee “Bo” Ruth, 42, has seven felony convictions, 15 misdemeanor convictions …


Task force directed deputies to stop SUV

A Spokane man shot in the leg during a home-invasion robbery last month was with a fugitive just before he opened fire on two sheriff’s deputies Tuesday. That information, contained …


UPDATED: Thu., June 21, 2012, 8:29 p.m.

Man arrested for helping alleged cop shooter

A Spokane man shot in the leg during a home-invasion robbery last month was with a fugitive just before he opened fire on two sheriff’s deputies Tuesday.


UPDATED: Thu., June 21, 2012, 11:53 a.m.

Man shot by police released from hospital to jail

A man who was shot by a Spokane police officer as he confronted another man with what turned out to be a BB gun has been arrested.


Judicial sense might have averted Tuesday bloodshed

Count me in as a believer in mercy and charity and all those other virtues preachers yak about on Sunday mornings. But when it comes to the serious work of …


Car theft victim fought tenaciously

Mary Rock, 87, moved from Los Angeles to Spokane 10 years ago to escape the high rate of crime there. But on Tuesday, she found herself in the middle of …


Sheriff: Deputies Spink, Northway the kind ‘you can count on’

Spokane County sheriff’s deputies Matt Spink and Mike Northway have backed each other up on patrol in north Spokane County for six years, so it’s not too surprising the men …


Wallace’s release baffles Knezovich

The county’s top law enforcement officer expressed outrage Wednesday that a suspected heroin dealer facing his fourth stay in prison was released from jail just weeks before shooting two deputies …


Several killed on duty in region’s recent memory

The tense shootout that hospitalized two sheriff’s deputies Tuesday was eerily similar to a 1991 incident that also began with a traffic stop and involved a high-speed chase throughout northern …


Driver, passengers left suspect at shooting scene

Details emerging from the aftermath of Tuesday’s shooting paint a picture of a frantic police search for two people who were with the gunman when he opened fire and then …


Police: Cop shooter stole car from woman, 87

A suspected heroin trafficker believed to have shot two sheriff’s deputies stole an 87-year-old woman’s car before he fatally shot himself during a police pursuit Tuesday.


Man unsure why SPD shot

Jesse Hugh Johnson thought no one else was around when, armed with a BB gun, he confronted a suspected thief early Sunday. The 24-year-old Spokane man realized a neighbor must …


UPDATED: Mon., June 18, 2012, 9:36 p.m.

Man shot by police claims he was confronting thief

Jesse Hugh Johnson says he thought no one else was around when, armed with a BB gun, he confronted a suspected thief early Sunday. The 24-year-old Spokane man realized a …


Officer shoots gunman in the leg

Police shot a man in northeast Spokane early Sunday after he refused to drop a firearm he reportedly had pointed at another person. “The officer fired one time” striking the …