Officer cleared in shooting resigns - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Officer cleared in shooting resigns

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick announced Monday that Officer James "Jay" Olsen has resigned from the Spokane Police Department, effective immediately. Olsen had been advised of Chief Kirkpatrick's intent to terminate him based on department policy violations.

After reviewing the investigative file, Chief Kirkpatrick administratively charged Olsen with Conduct Unbecoming an Officer and Making an Untruthful Statement during a criminal investigation.

On April 13, 2007, Olsen was arrested by the Spokane County Sheriff's Office for First Degree Assault and Reckless Endangerment. The charges stemmed from a February 2007 shooting involving Shonto Pete.

On March 13, 2009, Olsen was acquitted by a jury of those charges, and on March 16, 2009 he was placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the Internal Affairs investigation.

Chief Kirkpatrick accepted this letter of resignation with the acknowledgement that Olsen resigned in lieu of termination.

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