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Stories tagged: Spokane County Sheriff's Office


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 13, 2019, 6:53 p.m.

Man shot in Thursday road rage incident believed to be ‘predominate aggressor’

A man shot in an apparently random road rage incident Thursday afternoon near Nine Mile Falls punched the shooter in the face and threatened him before the trigger was pulled, …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 11, 2019, 7:49 p.m.

Spokane County Sheriff’s Office identifies man suspected of stealing kayak to evade police

The man arrested Tuesday on suspicion he stole a kayak in an attempt to evade police on Newman Lake has been identified as Robert Rehfeldt.


Spokane law enforcement agencies will add four more mental health teams

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Department and the Spokane Police Department will add four more co-deploy mental health teams between their agencies after the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 5, 2019, 9:17 p.m.

Former sheriff’s sergeant accused of racist remark brings defamation claim to court

A defamation claim brought by a former Spokane County sheriff’s sergeant is now in court. Jeff Thurman, who was fired from the sheriff’s office in June, denies allegations that he …


Crash video from ‘Cops’ captured Spokane sheriff’s chase that spurred investigations and county settlement

Austen Sullivan ended up unconscious and jailed after his bicycle and a Spokane sheriff deputy’s cruiser collided. Video from that night captured a controversy that spurred investigations and a county …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 21, 2019, 9:45 p.m.

Suspect shot by deputies after he allegedly fired in business park identified

A man suspected of shooting at a building in a Spokane Valley business park last Friday before sheriff’s deputies shot and killed him has been identified as Colin Osborn.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 16, 2019, 8:13 p.m.

Suspect dead after deputies responded to shots fired in Spokane Valley

An apparent jilted ex-boyfriend is suspected of firing multiple rounds Friday morning at a Spokane Valley business park before two officers arrived and shot the suspect, who then crashed into …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 8, 2019, 10:38 a.m.

Spokane helicopter crew rescues three hikers in Cascades after death of fourth hiker, a UW professor

When helicopter crews in Western Washington were unavailable Sunday, a team from the Spokane area jumped into action to rescue three hikers from a peak in the Central Cascades.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 2, 2019, 10:53 p.m.

Detectives seeking witnesses to fatal drive-by shooting in Wandermere

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office said anyone who recognizes the pair should call Detective Kirk Keyser at (509) 477-6611.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 2, 2019, 7:56 p.m.

Man’s body pulled from Spokane River north of Greenacres Thursday afternoon

Spokane County sheriff’s deputies on Thursday pulled a man’s body from the Spokane River near Barker Road, north of Greenacres.


UPDATED: Fri., July 26, 2019, 8:15 p.m.

Man trapped, pronounced dead at scene of single-vehicle collision south of Long Lake

A man was trapped and later pronounced dead Friday afternoon when his vehicle crashed in northwestern Spokane County. Spokane County sheriff’s deputies say at about 12:45 p.m. they received a …


UPDATED: Fri., July 12, 2019, 9:45 p.m.

Spokane Valley police investigating reported shooting at apartment complex; woman suffers minor injuries

Spokane Valley Police are investigating a reported shooting in a Spokane Valley parking lot.


UPDATED: Thu., July 11, 2019, 9:58 p.m.

Spokane County Sheriff’s Office investigates connection between shooting caught on video and fatal drive-by two days later in Wandermere

A home surveillance video uploaded last week by a Logan neighborhood homeowner appears to show a vehicle Spokane County sheriff’s deputies say was involved in a fatal drive-by shooting.


UPDATED: Tue., July 9, 2019, 9:08 p.m.

Stolen purse may be motivation in weekend’s fatal drive-by shooting in Wandermere

A stolen purse could be the motivation behind this weekend’s fatal drive-by shooting in the Wandermere area.


UPDATED: Tue., July 9, 2019, 12:20 p.m.

Arrest made in connection with Sunday’s fatal drive-by shooting in Wandermere

Witnesses said police used a pursuit intervention technique, or PIT maneuver, to stop the suspect’s Ford Expedition after a high-speed chase Monday evening. The vehicle crashed in a yard at …


UPDATED: Sun., July 7, 2019, 9:10 p.m.

Woman slain in drive-by shooting in Wandermere neighborhood; deputies searching for at least one assailant

A woman was killed in a drive-by shooting Sunday afternoon in the Wandermere area north of Spokane, and authorities were still searching for one or more assailants Sunday evening.


Former sheriff’s sergeant files $12.5 million defamation claim after allegations of sexual harassment and violent, racist remark

Spokane attorney Mary Schultz, representing former sergeant Jeff Thurman, filed a tort claim Monday seeking nearly $12.5 million in damages from the county, saying Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich’s statements about Thurman …


UPDATED: Mon., July 1, 2019, 4:48 p.m.

Deputy’s dog bites man in car trunk in Spokane Valley

The encounter began at about 2:30 a.m. when Deputy Thomas Walton pulled over a red sedan with no front or rear license plates on Broadway Avenue a few blocks east …


Man who pointed laser at helicopter agrees to plea deal; felony downgraded to misdemeanor

A man who directed a laser pointer at a Spokane County Sheriff’s helicopter was sentenced to one day in jail with credit for one day of time served.


UPDATED: Tue., June 25, 2019, 8:28 p.m.

Man accused of bringing stun gun, rifle to fist fight involving teens, is charged with multiple counts of assault

A 20-year-old man was arrested over the weekend under suspicion of shocking a 16-year-old girl with a stun gun and pointing a gun at several people during a late-night brawl …


UPDATED: Fri., June 21, 2019, 6:54 p.m.

Missing Vietnamese woman died from drowning, medical examiner says

Five months after her body was found floating in the Spokane River, investigators are able to say Loc Nguyen died from drowning.


UPDATED: Thu., June 13, 2019, 8:51 p.m.

Four new K-9 teams get certified in ceremony at Spokane Police Academy

The first time Spokane police Officer David Stone introduced his new partner, a German shepherd named Haywire, to his training officer, Haywire ended up hanging off the instructor’s arm by …


UPDATED: Thu., June 13, 2019, 10:51 p.m.

Spokane County sheriff’s sergeant fired for racial slur, sexual harassment, talk of killing black people

Sgt. Jeff Thurman, an 18-year veteran of the sheriff’s office who worked in Spokane Valley, was accused of starting a phone conversation with another deputy by asking: “You ready to …


UPDATED: Tue., June 11, 2019, 6:27 p.m.

Arrest warrant issued for Afghan immigrant suspected of killing wife in Spokane

Investigators are seeking to arrest Wahid Kashify, an Afghan immigrant suspected of killing his wife and hiding her body in a freezer last month. He has fled the country.


UPDATED: Tue., June 11, 2019, 9:41 p.m.

Emergency crews respond to Spokane County Jail death

Spokane County Sheriff’s detectives are trying to determine how an inmate in the Spokane County Jail died. The inmate was found at about 2:20 a.m. Tuesday morning.


Friends recall slain Afghan woman Arezu Kashify as ‘loving, curious’

Arezu Kashify loved many things – cooking, carnival games, roller coasters, lounging by a lake with her friends and family. But perhaps more than anything, she loved to learn.


Gunman could have been arrested rather than ticketed before killing neighbor in Bigelow Gulch incident

Hours before he shot and killed a 29-year-old father of two, 61-year-old Dave Cholewinski pointed the same weapon at a group of people during a heated argument.


UPDATED: Fri., June 7, 2019, 5:19 p.m.

Spokane County Sheriff’s SWAT deployed by helicopter to shooting in Ferry County

Members of the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team were airlifted Friday from Spokane to Republic after a shooting incident occurred when Washington Fish and Wildlife officers tried to execute …


UPDATED: Mon., June 10, 2019, 12:16 p.m.

Detectives find body, believed to be missing Afghan woman, under false bottom of freezer

Spokane County sheriff’s detectives on Tuesday found the body believed to be that of 24-year-old Arezu Kashify hidden beneath the false bottom of a chest freezer inside the apartment she …


UPDATED: Wed., June 5, 2019, 10:24 p.m.

Detectives find body believed to be missing Afghan woman in her apartment

Investigators found the body believed to be a missing Afghan woman after searching an apartment she shared with her husband and children. He left the country on a one-way plane …