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SPOKANE, Wash. - A Spokane man was shot and killed Friday after he fired a shotgun at his father at a North Spokane home, and then led officers through a busy neighborhood while firing his weapon at them and into the air.

Identity of the suspect was not confirmed Friday night, but investigators believe he is the adult son of the man he fired upon in the 1400 block of West Buckeye where the incident began.

The suspect's name will be released by the Spokane County Medical Examiner's Office following autopsy.

Witnesses there began calling 911 about 3:05 p.m. Friday and reported that the suspect had fired a half-dozen shots at the home where he and his father were visiting acquaintances.

As Spokane police began arriving in the area, the suspect drove away in an older white Chevrolet pickup.  Officers fell in behind the truck as it was southbound on Monroe, and the suspect stopped it in the middle of the southbound lanes in front of the Shari's Restaurant at Indiana.

The man exited the truck armed with the shotgun and began walking westbound behind the restaurant as officers followed.  Witnesses reported that he fired at the officers and also fired the shotgun into the air.

The suspect failed to obey the officers' orders to drop the weapon and was fired upon by six patrolmen.  He was injured and died at the scene.

Other officers and detectives began pouring into the area to seal off the two crime scenes and identify and interview witnesses.  The shooting site was within two blocks of five food establishments, a tire shop and several other businesses which were full of Friday afternoon customers.

Detectives at the West Buckeye address said they determined that no one was injured at the home.  Investigators at the second scene said there were no known civilian casualties.

Immediately following the shooting, the Critical Incident Protocol was invoked and investigative response teams of sheriff's office, Washington State Patrol and Spokane Police detectives began what promised to be a lengthy investigation, based on the number of witnesses, size of the two crime scenes and abundance of evidence to be identified and seized.

Traffic was diverted through the evening Friday as Northwest Boulevard, Monroe, Nora and Madison remained closed for evidence processing.

Detectives said they would suspend processing the scene late Friday, but would return Saturday morning to continue the search for evidence in daylight.  The sheriff's helicopter, Air One, was scheduled to conduct flyovers of the two scenes Saturday so that they could be videotaped from the air.

Detectives believe that some witnesses may have left the two crime scenes prior to being identified and interviewed by police.  They urged anyone who was a witness to call Crime Check at 456-2233 to leave contact information.

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