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UPDATE: Man Hit & Killed By Spokane Police Officer At Intersection

OFFICIAL UPDATED PRESS RELEASE: Spokane Police Officer Gordon Ennis was interviewed Wednesday by SIRR Team detectives investigating the Sunday night auto-pedestrian collision in which a 52-year-old Spokane man was killed at Monroe and Montgomery.

John A. VanCurler died of injuries he sustained when he was struck by Ennis' patrol car as the officer was driving southbound on Monroe to a "trouble unknown" call.  

The officer was not making an emergency response, so detectives believe the patrol car would not  of not have had its emergency lights or siren on.

During Wednesday's interview, Ennis recalled being passed by a white vehicle as he was exiting his patrol car to check on VanCurler immediately after the collision.

The driver of the white vehicle slowed as he or she passed the stopped patrol car, then accelerated away southbound on Monroe. Investigators would like to interview the driver of the white vehicle to determine what he or she saw at the time of the collision. 

They stressed Thursday that their goal is to obtain information about the collision, not to penalize the driver for anything that might have caused them to not stop and assist.

Also during the interview Officer Ennis recalled a second vehicle that came up behind his stopped patrol car and then turned off Monroe to go west on Montgomery. 

Although there was a brief period of time between the collision and that vehicle appearing, it arrived at the accident scene prior to backup officers and its driver may also have information relevant to the investigation.

Detectives urge these two drivers to contact them by calling Crime Check at 456-2233, and encourage any other witnesses not already interviewed by investigators to contact them as well.

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