Spokane removed from Shonto Pete lawsuit - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Thomas Clouse | Spokesman-Review

Spokane removed from Shonto Pete lawsuit

  • Also on KHQ.comMore>>

  • Officer cleared in shooting resigns

    Officer cleared in shooting resigns

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick announced Monday that Officer James "Jay" Olsen has resigned from the Spokane Police Department. >>INSIDE: UNEDITED NEWS CONFERENCE WITH CHIEF KIRKPATRICK>>
    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. 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.>>
  • Native Americans frustrated by Olsen verdict

    Native Americans frustrated by Olsen verdict

    Shonto PeteShonto Pete
    SPOKANE, Wash. - Some Native Americans are expressing frustration to city officials over the acquittal of an off-duty Spokane police officer who shot a young Indian man.>>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - Some Native Americans are expressing frustration to city officials over the acquittal of an off-duty Spokane police officer who shot a young Indian man. Mayor Mary Verner and police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick got an earful when they attended a forum at the NATIVE Project and health clinic on Tuesday night. On March 13, a Spokane County Superior Court jury found suspended Officer Jay Olsen innocent in the shooting of Shonto Pete after a chase two years earlier.>>
  • Shonto Pete asks City Council to pay his medical bills

    Shonto Pete asks City Council to pay his medical bills

    Shonto Pete addresses Spokane City Council Monday nightShonto Pete addresses Spokane City Council Monday night
    SPOKANE, Wash. - Days after Spokane police officer Jay Olsen was acquitted of assault charges, the man he shot went before the city council Monday night asking for money to pay his medical bills. >>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - Days after Spokane police officer Jay Olsen was acquitted of assault charges, the man he shot went before the city council Monday night asking for money to pay his medical bills. >>

Thomas Clouse | The Spokesman-Review

A federal judge ruled this morning that the city of Spokane will not be on the hook if a civil suit proceeds against former Spokane Police Officer James "Jay" Olsen, who shot Shonto Pete in the head during a drunken chase in February 2007.

Federal judge Edward F. Shea ruled in favor of a motion brought by Assistant City Attorney Ellen O'Hara seeking to sever the city from the case. O'Hara argued that Olsen was off duty at the time and never identified himself as a police officer during the Feb. 26, 2007, chase that ended with Olsen shooting Pete in the head.

"I have great sympathy for Mr. Pete and the grievous wrong that Mr. Olsen did to him," Shea said. "Nevertheless, I grant the city's motion … Mr. Olsen was not acting under the color of law."

In December 2009, Pete filed a $750,000 claim against the city, citing a violation of his civil rights. A jury acquitted Pete, 30, of criminal charges that he stole Olsen's truck. And a year ago, a Spokane jury acquitted Olsen of first-degree assault and reckless endangerment in connection to the shooting.

More information at Spokesman.com

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Air quality reaches hazardous levels in Spokane

    Air quality reaches hazardous levels in Spokane

    Monday, August 20 2018 9:57 AM EDT2018-08-20 13:57:41 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Windy conditions and wildfire smoke have hit the Inland Northwest hard as air quality levels rose throughout the day, ending up in the hazardous range Sunday evening. Changes in wind direction have brought over more smoke to the area from wildfires around northern and central Washington, as well as from British Columbia. 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Windy conditions and wildfire smoke have hit the Inland Northwest hard as air quality levels rose throughout the day, ending up in the hazardous range Sunday evening. Changes in wind direction have brought over more smoke to the area from wildfires around northern and central Washington, as well as from British Columbia. 

    >>
  • Suspect dies after officer-involved shooting in Spokane Valley

    Suspect dies after officer-involved shooting in Spokane Valley

    Sunday, August 19 2018 7:47 PM EDT2018-08-19 23:47:04 GMT

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - A male suspect has died after being involved in a police shooting following a standoff situation in Spokane Valley Sunday morning. Police say the matter originated as a vandalism call after a man pulled into a gas station and began breaking windows in a vehicle. They later found the male to be armed and possibly suicidal, leading to a standoff at Trent and Evergreen where he was barricaded in the vehicle. 

    >>

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - A male suspect has died after being involved in a police shooting following a standoff situation in Spokane Valley Sunday morning. Police say the matter originated as a vandalism call after a man pulled into a gas station and began breaking windows in a vehicle. They later found the male to be armed and possibly suicidal, leading to a standoff at Trent and Evergreen where he was barricaded in the vehicle. 

    >>
  • One fatality confirmed in Spokane Valley condo fire

    One fatality confirmed in Spokane Valley condo fire

    Monday, August 20 2018 2:35 PM EDT2018-08-20 18:35:28 GMT

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash.- The Spokane Valley Fire Department says one person died as a result of a fire at the Central Park Condominiums Sunday night. "SVFD investigators say it will likely take several days to complete the investigation into the cause of the fire that was reported shortly after 8:30 pm on August 19," Melanie Rose from the Spokane Valley Fire Department said.

    >>

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash.- The Spokane Valley Fire Department says one person died as a result of a fire at the Central Park Condominiums Sunday night. "SVFD investigators say it will likely take several days to complete the investigation into the cause of the fire that was reported shortly after 8:30 pm on August 19," Melanie Rose from the Spokane Valley Fire Department said.

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/