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Officers 'most' involved in fatal shooting identified

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Senior Police Officer Kellee Gately Senior Police Officer Kellee Gately
Senior Police Officer Jeff McCollough Senior Police Officer Jeff McCollough
Senior Police Officer Jason Curtis Senior Police Officer Jason Curtis

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Sheriff's major crimes detectives have released the names of the three Spokane Police Officers most involved in Friday's fatal shooting of a knife-wielding suspect in northeast Spokane.

Hired in September 1990, Senior Police Officer Kellee Gately has been a hostage negotiator for 18 years and was a tactical team member for six.  She currently teaches Crisis Intervention Team for the agency.

Senior Police Officer Jeff McCollough was hired in August of 1999 and is currently a field training officer.

Senior Police Officer Jason Curtis was hired as a lateral in August of 2001 following five years of service in the Reno Police Department.  He has been a tactical team member for six years and is a member of the chemical agent response team.

On Friday, the three officers encountered 23-year-old Jason M. Posse as he walked in the 1800 block of East Courtland.  He had minutes earlier kicked in the door to a home, beaten a female resident with a skateboard and stabbed her dog.

This followed the suspect attempting to enter another home in the area.  He was thwarted at that residence by a locked front door.

At the time of the encounter, Poss was still armed with the skateboard and a knife.  He was shot and killed by officers at the scene.

The sheriff's office was asked to take the lead role in the shooting investigation.

<<Previous Coverage>>

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. >>MORE



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