Former Spokane Cop Won't Face Civil Penalties In Shooting - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Former Spokane Cop Won't Face Civil Penalties In Shooting

© James Olsen © James Olsen
© Shonto Pete suffered a wound to the head © Shonto Pete suffered a wound to the head

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Former Spokane police officer James Olsen won't face any civil penalties for shooting an unarmed man in the head in 2007.

U.S. District Court Judge Edward Shea has dismissed the civil lawsuit brought by Shonto Pete, who was unable to find an attorney to represent him after Shea ruled last year to drop the
city from the case.

Pete yelled at the judge as he walked off the bench, saying justice was a joke.

The bizarre case began when Olsen contended he saw Pete trying to steal his truck while out drinking in downtown Spokane.

Olsen chased Pete and shot him in the back of the head. Pete was later exonerated on a criminal charge of stealing the truck. A Spokane jury acquitted Olsen of assault in connection with the shooting.
   

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