Shooting Ruled Justified - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Shooting Ruled Justified

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police Corporal Zachary Storment and Officer Christopher Douville were justified when they used deadly force to stop an assault in the parking lot of the Special K Tavern last December, the Spokane County Prosecutor's Office has ruled.

On December 4th, the two officers responded to a report of a "man with a gun" at the tavern.  As they approached the parking lot on foot, they each observed Jeremy Groom in a shooters' stance and pointing a pistol at another man's head.

Douville ordered Groom to drop his pistol and fired when he did not. 

Storment said he felt he did not have time to order the suspect to disarm believing Groom would shoot his intended victim first.  He fired at the suspect as well.

Numerous civilian witnesses at the tavern and nearby businesses reported hearing Douville order Groom to drop his weapon, and then heard shots.

Groom was struck and died from gunshot wounds to his trunk and extremities.

Chief Criminal Deputy Jack Driscoll reviewed the shooting and wrote in his conclusion that "under these circumstances, it is reasonable to conclude the use of deadly force" by the officers "was justified as Mr. Groom posed a threat of serious physical harm" to another person.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Retired Spokane Police captain seriously hurt in Costa Rica crash

    Retired Spokane Police captain seriously hurt in Costa Rica crash

    Monday, November 12 2018 10:31 PM EST2018-11-13 03:31:20 GMT
    Holly and Keith Cummings (Photo: GoFundMe)Holly and Keith Cummings (Photo: GoFundMe)

    SPOKANE, Wash. - A retired Spokane Police captain is fighting for his life in the hospital.   Keith Cummings and his wife Holly were on vacation in Costa Rica and got into a head-on crash with another truck on Friday. In an online fundraiser, their daughter, Rachel Durkin, said her mother is recovering in a hotel room with several facial fractures and a pelvic fracture.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - A retired Spokane Police captain is fighting for his life in the hospital.   Keith Cummings and his wife Holly were on vacation in Costa Rica and got into a head-on crash with another truck on Friday. In an online fundraiser, their daughter, Rachel Durkin, said her mother is recovering in a hotel room with several facial fractures and a pelvic fracture.

    >>
  • Spokane congressional candidate starts petition to abolish 'safe storage' gun initiative

    Spokane congressional candidate starts petition to abolish 'safe storage' gun initiative

    Tuesday, November 13 2018 2:07 PM EST2018-11-13 19:07:28 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - A Spokane congressional candidate has petitioned the White House to abolish the recently passed Initiative 1639. The initiative, passed by voters last week, is a sweeping package of stricter gun regulations, particularly semiautomatic rifles. 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - A Spokane congressional candidate has petitioned the White House to abolish the recently passed Initiative 1639. The initiative, passed by voters last week, is a sweeping package of stricter gun regulations, particularly semiautomatic rifles. 

    >>
  • Police: Grandfather fatally shoots grandson in self-defense

    Police: Grandfather fatally shoots grandson in self-defense

    Tuesday, November 13 2018 1:32 PM EST2018-11-13 18:32:25 GMT

    SEATTLE (AP) - Police say a 78-year-old Renton man fatally shot and killed his grandson in what police believe was an act of self-defense.    The Seattle Times reports police were called to a Renton home Saturday night, where a 26-year-old man had reportedly assaulted his mother, said Renton police Cmdr. Dave Leibman. 

    >>

    SEATTLE (AP) - Police say a 78-year-old Renton man fatally shot and killed his grandson in what police believe was an act of self-defense.    The Seattle Times reports police were called to a Renton home Saturday night, where a 26-year-old man had reportedly assaulted his mother, said Renton police Cmdr. Dave Leibman. 

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/