Documents Show Hirzel has Killed Before, Not Charged.
SPOKANE, Wash. - KHQ is learning more about the investigation involving a Spokane County Sheriff 's Deputy who killed a Spokane Valley pastor on his own property on August 25th.
Court documents handed over to the prosecutors office Thursday show that this is not the first time Deputy Hirzel has killed someone while on duty. One report states that while working for the Cathedral City Police Department in California 15 years ago, Deputy Hirzel applied a neck hold on an individual who later died. Hirzel was never charged in that case.
The documents are also giving a better idea of what happened the night of the shooting.
One report states that when a paramedic on the scene asked deputies what happened one deputy was overheard saying "He did something we've told him a thousand times not to do." The report however does not explain to what they were referring to or who the deputy was that made the comment.
Another report goes into detail about why the deputy didn't use his patrol car for cover after seeing a man approaching him in the dark with a handgun. The report states he preferred the mobility that the open space gave him in directing Mr. Creach and referred to his patrol car as a "death coffin."
Deputy Hirzel said he didn't use mace during the incident because it would be too risky, and he didn't use his taser for the simple reason that if Creach had a gun, he needed one too.
The pastors family told detectives that Creach would often patrol his property carrying a handgun and has approached other people with a handgun in the past.
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