Officers involved shooting in Spokane Valley ruled justified
SPOKANE, Wash. - The December 27, 2009 shooting of a suicidal Spokane Valley man has been ruled a justified use of force by the Spokane County Prosecutor's Office.
On that date, officers responded to the 11700 block of East Fairview after the resident there threatened to commit suicide. Michael Young had drilled out a safe in the home to obtain a .40-caliber semi-automatic pistol which had been secured there after a previous attempted suicide.
Numerous officers arrived at the home and set up containment while watching Young inside the home. They reported hearing at least one gunshot from inside and sounds that indicated he was possibly barricading himself inside.
At one point, Young exited the back door and stood in the yard smoking a cigarette, gun in hand. He returned inside, but minutes later came out the front door, still armed with the pistol.
Numerous officers ordered him to drop the gun, but instead, he turned toward Officers Scott Bonney and Darell Stidham and began raising the gun. Bonney and Stidham both fired on the suspect, as did Officers Walter Loucks and Griffin Criswell.
Criswell's rifle misfired, but other officers' shots hit Young in the face, abdomen, left arm and upper right extremities. He was knocked to the ground and officers provided first aid until paramedics arrived. He survived the shooting and was later charged with two counts of second-degree assault.
Past police responses included a December 7th, 2009 report of him being suicidal, a November 2009 domestic violence call in which he threatened a woman, an October 2009 threat of suicide, an August 2009 threat of suicide and a July 2009 threat of suicide.
All of the officers involved in the shooting incident returned to work after a brief period of time off.
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