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Sheriff Completes Review of Creach Shooting

SPOKANE, Wash. -- An internal review of department policies has cleared a Spokane Valley Police Officer of any wrongdoing the night he shot and killed a business owner last August.

Officer Brian Hirzel will not face any disciplinary action for the incident on August 25 that left Scott Creach, a pastor and businessman, dead in the parking lot of the Plant Farm in Spokane Valley.

Previous investigations cleared Hirzel of any criminal wrongdoing.

"This matter is closed," said Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich.

The Sheriff informed the Creach family of the final investigation in a private meeting earlier today.

The Creach family expressed frustration at the fact Hirzel was sitting in an unmarked police car the night their father died. Representatives of the family have repeatedly asked the Sheriff to stop using unmarked cars and have suggested doing so violates state law.

"If the Sheriff's Office was violating law, I would change that practice," Knezovich told news reporters on Wednesday afternoon. "Based on all the research we have done on this, we are in compliance with state law. We are not the only law enforcement agency that has unmarked patrol cars."

Reached for comment after their briefing with the Sheriff, members of the Creach family said they plan to spend the next few days poring over the one-thousand page report which details the internal affairs investigation.

They did not rule out the possibility of a lawsuit against Spokane County.

"As a family, we're gonna have to talk about it a little bit," said Alan Creach, son of the late Scott Creach.

He said the Sheriff has ignored repeated requests to change policies regarding the use of unmarked police cars.

"At this point we're going to have to evaluate whether it's in the interest of this community, whether we need to take this beyond (talking to the Sheriff) and put this in a judicial situation," he said.

Hirzel will now return to his duties in the patrol division with the Spokane County Sheriff's Office before September. He has been assisting detectives in Spokane Valley with several investigations up to this point.

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