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Suspect shot by police identified

Shelly interviews Tara Tanner, who was attacked by the suspect, her husband (right) was not home at the time of the attack Shelly interviews Tara Tanner, who was attacked by the suspect, her husband (right) was not home at the time of the attack
Photo from Jason Poss' MySpace page, according to police sources Photo from Jason Poss' MySpace page, according to police sources
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    SPOKANE - Police shot and killed a knife-wielding man in northeast Spokane Friday morning ending a six-block crime spree that included the assault of a woman inside her home and the stabbing of her dog.>>
    SPOKANE - Police shot and killed a knife-wielding man in northeast Spokane Friday morning ending a six-block crime spree that included the assault of a woman inside her home and the stabbing of her dog. The 23-year-old suspect was shot by two Spokane Police Officers as he threatened a third officer with a knife. The incident began about 8:34 a.m. when some called 911 to report a man walking away from her home carrying a skateboard and a knife and said the man tried to open her door. >>

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SPOKANE, Wash. - The 23-year-old assault suspect shot and killed by Spokane police Friday morning has been identified as Jason Poss, the Spokane County Medical Examiner's Office has reported.

An autopsy was conducted Friday afternoon, but results will not be immediately available.  Toxicology tests associated with autopsies can take up to six weeks or longer.

Poss, armed with a knife, was shot and killed about 8:40 a.m. Friday after he tried to enter at least one locked residence, then kicked in the door of a second residence. He assaulted Tara Tanner, who lives in the home, with a skateboard and then stabbed her dog.

Tanner was treated at a local hospital for injuries she suffered in the attack. Tanner's dog, Molly, was found about eight blocks for the scene and is being treated at a local veterinary clinic.

Investigation of the shooting and the events that preceded it are ongoing. 

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Police shot and killed a knife-wielding man in northeast Spokane Friday morning ending a six-block crime spree that included the assault of a woman inside her home and the stabbing of her dog.

The 23-year-old suspect was shot by two Spokane Police Officers as he threatened a third officer with a knife. The third officer suffered minor injuries, apparently as he attempted to exit his patrol car.

The incident began about 8:34 a.m. when a resident in the 1300 block of East Gordon called 911 and reported the suspect walking away from her home carrying a skateboard and a knife.  She said the man had tried to open her front door which was locked.

Within minutes other reports were received that the man had stabbed a dog with the knife and that he had kicked in the door to a home and assaulted the woman inside with the skateboard.

Witnesses said the suspect was walking eastbound on Courtland when last seen. Officers began arriving in the area and attempted to contact the suspect as he walked along East Courtland. He reportedly refused their commands and the officers began a series of "stop and confront" maneuvers with the suspect walking or running away each time.

Witnesses reported he was threatening both civilians and the officers with the knife. When he approached the third officer in his patrol car and began making stabbing motions, the two following officers fired. The suspect died at the scene.

Names of the officers involved are being withheld 72 hours per the Fatal Incident Protocol which was invoked by SPD command staff shortly after the shooting. 

They asked that the sheriff's office become the lead investigative agency into the shooting with major crimes detectives from both agencies involved in the investigation.

Friday's shooting was complicated by the number and size of the various crime scenes which included where the suspect was shot, where the dog was stabbed, where the resident was assaulted and the attempted unlawful entry of the home of the original complainant.

Numerous residents and officers witnessed various portions of the crime spree and needed to be interviewed by detectives.

East Courtland and other nearby streets were closed for hours Friday as detectives completed their search and collection of evidence in the incident.

Tentative identification of the suspect was made by 2 p.m. and detectives were in the process of contacting his parents to make the death notification. The man's name will not be released until autopsy is completed and the Medical Examiner's Office confirms his identity.

Investigators searched for the injured dog, Molly, for several hours.  She was located about 2:30 p.m. in the 400 block of East Courtland, eight blocks from the scene of her stabbing. 

Detectives took her to a local veterinary clinic for treatment of her injuries.  Her medical records will become evidence in the incident.

Although detectives canvassed neighborhoods involved in Friday's rampage and shooting, they may have missed a witness who left the area before they arrived.  Anyone with information about the incident who has not already.

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