Hoopfest Heroes Honored - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Hoopfest Heroes Honored

SPOKANE, Wash. - Police officers fight crime everyday but sometimes it's regular citizens who come to their aid.

Three such citizens were honored Monday night by Spokane Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick for their heroic efforts in stopping the shooting suspect at this year's Hoopfest.

Doug Leckner stopped the gunman as he was running from police by grabbing the suspect until a police officer arrived. Brian Youngberg was recognized for helping that police officer hold down the suspect. Another citizen, Robert Portman ran for help, directing other police officers where to go to assist in the arrest.

All three were given the Chief's Citizen Award for their bravery and helping police.

Officer Jerry Anderson was also honored and given the Silver Star Award for chasing the gunman. Detective Stacey Carr was given the Medal of Merit award for following other suspects after the shooting and communicating with 911 dispatchers of their location.

Seven other officers were also honored with a Lifesaving Award for their heroic efforts of saving a life in events not related to Hoopfest.

 
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