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.

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