Deputy's Name Released In Deadly Spokane Valley Shooting - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Deputy's Name Released In Deadly Spokane Valley Shooting

Deputy Brian Hirzel Deputy Brian Hirzel

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: On August 25, 2010, at 11:00pm, Spokane County Sheriff's Office Deputy Brian Hirzel, checked out on a prowl check in the area of 14100 block of East 4th Ave, Spokane Valley. Deputy Hirzel is a two year veteran of the SCSO, after making a lateral move from Kootenai County Sheriff's Office in June, 2008. Deputy Hirzel spent 13 years as a police officer from 1991 to 2004 in Cathedral City, California and is currently assigned to work in the City of Spokane Valley.

Deputy Hirzel parked his patrol car in the parking lot of the Plant Farm, 14208 East 4th Ave. Just after 11pm, there was a confrontation between the business owner, Wayne Scott Creach and Deputy Hirzel.

Deputy Hirzel fired his duty weapon, striking Creach with a single gunshot wound, ultimately causing his death. Detectives located a handgun on the ground near Mr. Creach.

The Critical Incident Protocol was invoked, allowing investigators from both the Washington State Patrol and the Spokane Police Department to conduct the investigation.

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