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

Deadly Force Shooting Ruled Justified

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police Officer Trevor Nollmeyer was justified last year when he used deadly force to end a shootout between himself and an armed felon on Spokane's South Hill.

On March 26th, Nollmeyer and other Spokane police officers responded to the 4100 block of East Thirty-Sixth after a resident there reported her brother was outside the home and armed with a firearm.  The siblings had been involved in a dispute over possession of their deceased father's firearms.

As Nollmeyer approached the yard, Todd Ely White raised up his pistol and the officer saw a laser sight on the firearm targeting him.  White fired at the officer and Nollmeyer returned fire with his law enforcement carbine.

Although White initially went down on the ground, he disregarded Nollmeyer's orders to stop moving and stay down.  When he began targeting other officers and their vehicles with the laser sight, Nollmeyer fired again and the suspect stopped moving.

Nollmeyer fired a total of six shots during the shootout, and officers recovered four spent bullet casings from White's pistol.

An autopsy showed White was struck twice in the chest, and that he had alcohol in his system as well as cannabinoids and other drug residues.

In his conclusion that the shooting was justified, Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Jack Driscoll stated that Todd White came armed with a laser-sighted handgun to his sister's home, and that they had had a running dispute over the father's firearms.  When police responded, White fired at police multiple times, and actively engaged them even after Nollmeyer had fired back.

White was clearly committing a felony by doing so, and posed a threat of serous bodily harm to the officers and others.  He was ordered numerous times to stay on the ground or to put the gun down, and did not.

"Under these circumstances, it is reasonable to conclude the use of force was justified as Mr. White posed a threat of serious bodily harm to the officers or others."     

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