Deputy Hirzel Interviewed: Official Press Release - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Deputy Hirzel Interviewed: Official Press Release

SPOKANE, Wash. - Today, Spokane Valley Police Officer Brian Hirzel met with Spokane Police Department Major Crimes Detectives and provided a voluntary interview in regards to the shooting incident which occurred on August 25, 2010.  Officer Hirzel agreed to have the interview audio and video recorded.; and was fully cooperative with the investigators answering all of their questions. The interview lasted over two hours.

Officer Hirzel told detectives he was in the neighborhood of 14200 E 4th Ave conducting a prowl check based on a request from a citizen earlier that day for that particular block. Officer Hirzel stated he chose the large parking lot of the Plant Farm because it allowed him to conduct the prowl check safely, and also for its proximity to the address where the prowl check was first requested. Officer Hirzel also stated that he saw Mr. Creach approaching his vehicle from a distance of approximately 30ft and that Mr. Creach had a firearm in his hand.

According to Officer Hirzel's statement and evidence collected at the scene, ultimately there was a close encounter between the officer and Mr. Creach near the officer's car. Officer Hirzel stated there was a verbal exchange between himself and Mr. Creach prior to the single gunshot being fired. Officer Hirzel's statement and the evidence confirms only one shot was fired.

This investigation is still active and ongoing. A meeting will take place Tuesday, September 7th, involving investigators, supervisors, and prosecutors to determine what additional information can be released to the public that will not jeopardize this investigation. Prior to release of information to the public the family of Mr. Creach will be briefed by investigators. We anticipate further information being released prior to the end of next week.

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