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Charges will not be re-filed against former Sergeant

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane City Attorney Howard Delaney announced Wednesday that the City will not re-file charges against former Sheriff's Sgt. Pete Bunch.

Bunch was arrested for obstruction and resisting arrest after being stopped by police who were looking for a person who had been trespassing in residential yards in February.

Delaney said he and the other reviewers on the case found some factual inconsistencies in the case that might well lead to plausible defense arguments dealing with "Terry stops" and weapons frisks.  Essentially, the defense would likely argue that officers didn't have a clear right to stop Bunch or frisk him for a possible weapon.  Regardless of a conviction at the trial level, an appeal based on these type legal issues would undoubtedly follow, Delaney said.

Sgt. Bunch resigned Thursday, April 2 shortly before a disciplinary hearing in which Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich was going to fire him.

Bunch, who was with the Sheriff's Office for approximately 32 years is eligible to receive retirement.

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