Did Recent Arrest Prompt Police Standoff, Shooting? - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Did Recent Arrest Prompt Police Standoff, Shooting?

SPOKANE, Wash. – James Rogers, the man shot and killed on Monday after a two-hour standoff with police, was recently arrested, prompting some to wonder if the prospect of more jail time prompted suicidal thoughts in the man.

Rogers was arrested on Friday night by the Connell Police Department for Driving Under the Influence. He was on his way to see his daughter in the Tri-Cities when he was stopped shortly before 10:30 p.m. according to an arrest report.

Rogers was booked into the Franklin County jail and released several hours later. Court records show he failed to appear for a hearing on Monday afternoon.

Rogers instead returned to the Spokane area where he told multiple people he was suicidal. He encountered police officers at approximately 6:30 p.m. on Monday a few miles east of downtown.

Rogers repeatedly told family members he did not want to go back to prison over the last several months. He told family members he would do whatever it took to stay clean of drugs and alcohol, according to his sister, Angela Crigger.

Records show that James Rogers spent time in prison as recently as 2010 after an incident in Whitman County.

Some in the Rogers family wonder if the recent arrest prompted suicidal thoughts in Rogers, who called his parents on Monday and said he was going to take his own life.

He was shot multiple times after a standoff with Spokane Police. Neighbors say police negotiated with the man for two hours, but the man refused to leave his overturned van.

It is unclear what substances, if any, Rogers was under at the time of his arrest for allegedly driving under the influence on Friday.

DUI laws allow a person to be arrested if they are under the influence of alcohol or other substances, such as prescription drugs or over the counter medication, if they impair your ability to drive.

Family members say Rogers had previously taken a prescription which mimicked the effects of alcohol and caused Rogers to appear under the influence of alcohol.

KHQ Local News Reporter Chelsea Kopta contributed to this report.

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