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Competing stories emerge in Olsen trial

Sudden threat – or deadly pursuit? Two competing versions of the February 2007 incident that ended with Shonto Pete shot in the head and assault charges against suspended police officer …


Competing versions of police shooting emerge

Sudden threat – or deadly pursuit? Two competing versions of the February 2007 incident that ended with Shonto Pete shot in the head and assault charges against suspended police officer …


Witness saw ‘look of terror’

The young man pounding on his door at 3:30 a.m., blood streaming from a head wound, appeared “absolutely petrified,” a former Peaceful Valley resident told a Spokane jury Tuesday. Michael …


Resident says Pete had a ‘sheer look of terror’

The young man pounding on his door at 3:30 a.m. with blood streaming from a head wound was “absolutely petrified,” a former Peaceful Valley resident told a Spokane jury Tuesday.


Shot man takes stand as officer’s trial opens

All he wanted was a ride home. But he ended up getting shot in the head by a mysterious pursuer, Shonto Pete told a Spokane jury Monday in the opening …


Pete testifies in Olsen trial

All he’d wanted was a ride home. But he ended up getting shot in the head by a mysterious pursuer, Shonto Pete told a Spokane jury Monday in the opening …


Officer’s shooting trial to begin this week

The early-morning shooting of a fleeing man in Peaceful Valley took place two years ago. The trial has been postponed five times. But suspended Spokane police Officer James “Jay” Olsen …


Olsen trial set to begin Monday

The early-morning shooting of a fleeing man in Peaceful Valley took place two years ago. The trial has been postponed five times. But suspended Spokane police Officer James “Jay” Olsen …


Man shot by off-duty cop files claim against city

Shonto Pete, shot in the head by an off-duty Spokane police officer during a drunken, late-night chase, has filed a $750,000 claim against the city of Spokane – a necessary …


Man shot by off-duty cop wants Spokane to pay

Shonto Pete, shot in the head by an off-duty Spokane police officer during a drunken late-night chase, has filed a $750,000 claim against the city of Spokane — a necessary …


Man fabricated tale of robbery, police say

A elderly man lied about being attacked and robbed of his groceries, according to Spokane police. Kenneth Koch, 87, triggered an outpouring of community support after police said he was …


Olsen trial delayed again

The trial of James “Jay” Olsen, the off-duty Spokane cop charged with first-degree assault for shooting a young man in the head during a drunken nighttime chase a year ago, …


City won’t represent officer in shooting

The city of Spokane will not represent the police officer who was off duty and legally drunk when he chased a man and shot him in the head last year. …


Pete, family must wait longer for trials

Shonto Pete and his family will have to wait a little longer for two trials involving alleged crimes against them. A Montana man’s plea on charges he murdered Pete’s sister, …


Pete found not guilty

Shonto Pete, shot in the head in a dispute with an off-duty police officer, was found not guilty by a Spokane County Superior Court jury of stealing the truck of …


Trials weigh on mother

Two family calamities 250 miles apart have burdened Diana Cote’s life. Shonto Pete, her 28-year-old fourth child, is standing trial in Spokane County Superior Court for allegedly stealing a police …


Pete, accused of theft, says he sought ride

Shonto Pete, the man shot in the head last February by an off-duty Spokane cop, took the stand Tuesday in his trial for second-degree auto theft – denying he stole …


Officer takes Fifth in Pete trial

Suspended Spokane police Officer James “Jay” Olsen has invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination in the trial of Shonto Pete, the man Olsen accused of taking his truck before …


Lawyers spar over Pete interview

Shonto K. Pete was shot in the head by an off-duty Spokane police officer in the early hours of Feb. 26 after a confrontation that started outside a downtown bar …


Car theft charge will go to trial

A judge Thursday denied a motion to dismiss the car theft charge against Shonto K. Pete stemming from an incident earlier this year in which Pete was shot in the …


Kirkpatrick discusses Peaceful Valley issues

Peaceful Valley residents weren’t the only ones awakened by gunshots in the middle of the night Feb. 26 – so was Spokane’s chief of police. From her apartment on Riverside …


Olsen pleads not guilty in off-duty shooting

Spokane police Officer James “Jay” Olsen pleaded not guilty Wednesday to three charges relating to the Feb. 26 shooting of 27-year-old Shonto Pete. Olsen, 43, offered no comment as Superior …


Officer in shooting didn’t seek help via phone

Spokane police Officer James “Jay” Olsen was not only packing his personal gun while drinking in a bar into the early hours of Feb. 26; he also had his cell …


Area police shootings since 2001

Spokane law enforcement officers have been involved in 17 shootings since 2001. With the exception of a shooting by off-duty Spokane police Officer James “Jay” Olsen earlier this year and …


Suspect denies taking pickup

The man shot in the head after allegedly stealing an off-duty police officer’s pickup pleaded innocent Wednesday to second-degree vehicle theft. Shonto K. Pete’s attorney argued during the arraignment that …


In brief: Officer released after posting bail

The Spokane police officer charged with shooting a man in the head was released from jail Monday night after he posted bail. James Jay Olsen, 43, posted $25,000 and was …


Judge trims bail for officer, alleged shooting victim

A Spokane police officer remained in jail Monday night despite a reduction in his bail on charges that he drunkenly shot a man who allegedly stole his pickup. Spokane County …


Officer in shooting, victim remain in jail

Spokane police Officer James Jay Olsen remained in the county jail Saturday evening in lieu of $100,000 bail on charges that he recklessly endangered a neighborhood while drunkenly shooting a …


In brief: Man shot by cop begins DUI term

The 27-year-old man shot by an off-duty Spokane police officer last month is now serving a 90-day sentence under home monitoring for an unrelated conviction of driving under the influence, …


Lawyer: Man shot by officer had back turned

A man shot last month by an off-duty Spokane police officer during an encounter outside a downtown bar was wounded while his back was turned, and evidence from his emergency …