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FIRST ON KHQ: Court Documents Reveal More Details In Deadly Officer Involved Shooting

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The first shooting happened on Maple and Grace around 12:50am Thursday morning The first shooting happened on Maple and Grace around 12:50am Thursday morning

FROM COURT DOCUMENTS: Witnesses told officers Justin Cairns pulled up in his truck outside 1428 W. Grace. Witnesses told police he drove a block to the west then fired two shots. A witness ran over there then Cairns made this comment: "You want some too?" Cairns said, according to witnesses. Cyrus Jones was lying in the street after being shot. Jones later died.

Witnesses say they heard two to three gunshots. Cairns took off and soon his truck was located on W. Charles Road in 9 Mile Falls.

Spokane police officer "Christensen" (first name not listed in court documents) and one other went around back and spotted Cairns. Officers told Cairns to put his hands up and get on his knees. Cairns pointed at him with his left hand while he put his right hand down toward his waist area.

Officer Christensen said this movement is consistent with what people do when they grab a firearm. Then they saw Cairns jump a fence and run around toward the front of the house.

Officers identified themselves when Cairns got to the front of the house and Christensen heard 5 gunshots. Along the path Cairns ran a black semiautomatic gun was spotted in the grass.

The "three officers" at the front of the home fired upon Cairns striking him at least one time and mortally wounding him.

Cairns suffered a gunshot wound to the head.

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SPOKANE, Wash. - KHQ's Dylan Wohlenhaus has confirmed through friends and family that the name of the man killed by Spokane Police Officers in Nine Mile Falls is Justin Cairns, 22. Dylan talked with Cairns' grandfather, who declined to make a statement. Spokane Police have also not made a comment.

KHQ's Alex Rozier has also confirmed that police believe Justin Cairns shot and killed a man in Spokane before driving to Nine Mile Falls. Friends and family have identified that man as 33-year-old Cyrus Jones. Jones' family said in a statement "Cyrus Jones was loved very much and will be missed." A Law enforcement source tells Alex that the initial shooting was "a drug deal gone bad". Jones has a long criminal history.
 
The Spokane County Sheriff's Office is the lead investigatory agency into the shooting death of Justin Cairns because Cairns was killed by Spokane Police Officers. Spokane police are investigating the murder of Cyrus Jones.

UPDATED PRESS RELEASE FROM THE SPOKANE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE: The Spokane Regional Incident Response Team (S.I.R.R.) is investigating a fatal officer involved shooting of a homicide suspect early this morning.

Several officers of the Spokane Police Department were following up on suspect information in connection with the earlier homicide incident on West Grace where the victim was shot. 
 
Officers arrived at a residence believed to be the suspect's located in the 22000 block of West Charles Road. They observed a vehicle at the location matching the description of the vehicle used by the homicide suspect. Believing the suspect was still armed; officers began to set up a perimeter around the residence as they waited for additional units and equipment to arrive.
 
A male, believed to be the suspect was contacted outside the residence and failed to follow commands when he was confronted by the officers.  
 
During the incident, shots were fired by the officers, striking the suspect who was pronounced dead at the scene. 
 
SIRR Team detectives are currently executing a search warrant at the location and processing the scene.
 
Additionally, 2 adults and 1 juvenile were contacted at the residence and interviewed by SIRR Team detectives.  None of the officers involved were injured.
 
This officer involved shooting is an active and ongoing investigation conducted by the SIRR Team which is comprised of members of the Spokane County Sheriff's Office, the Washington State Patrol and the Spokane Police Department.     
 
The identity of the male suspect will be released by the Spokane County Medical Examiner's Office at a later time.

PRESS RELEASE FROM SPOKANE POLICE DEPARTMENT: This morning just before 1:00 am, Spokane Police Officers responded to a call of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle in the 1500 block of  W. Grace Ave. Upon arrival, witnesses told officers they had heard gunshots. Officers found a male victim lying in the street.  He appeared to have been shot. The victim was transported to Deaconess Hospital and subsequently pronounced dead.

SPD Major Crimes Detectives do not believe this was a random incident. Initial information indicates that the victim and suspect were known to each other.

Officers were following up on information from the W. Grace incident which led them to the 22000 block of West Charles Rd. in the Nine Mile Falls area where they were attempting to contact the shooting suspect. Shots were fired. The suspect is deceased.  

The homicide scene on W. Grace will be processed by the SPD's Major Crimes Unit.  Further information regarding the W. Grace incident will be released by the Spokane Police Department's Public Information Office.

The scene on West Charles Road will be processed by the Spokane Regional Incident Response Team (SIRR) Team. Further information regarding the West Charles Rd. incident will be released by the SIRR Team.

Press Conference Held By Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub Thursday Morning

"I compliment the bravery of our officers...Clearly it's a tragic incident when any individual loses their life...We believe both individuals in the first incident knew each other...There's no reason for people in the area of the 1st incident to fear a subsequent random act of violence." -Chief Straub

Here are the live tweets of what he said:

CHIEF STRAUB: Originally Spokane police responded to a hit and run accident. That incident resulted in the first shooting.

CHIEF STRAUB: When police responded they found that a man had been shot at West Grace and Maple.

CHIEF STRAUB: Police received a tip that the suspect fled north to Nine Mile Falls Area.

CHIEF STRAUB: When police arrived to west Charles road, shots were fired and the suspect was killed.

CHIEF STRAUB: I compliment the bravery of our officers.

CHIEF STRAUB: Clearly it's a tragic incident when any individual loses their life.

CHIEF STRAUB: As in the case of officer involved shootings...the SPD will not make comments until investigation is done

CHIEF STRAUB: We believe both individuals in the first incident knew each other.

CHIEF STRAUB: There's no reason for people in the area of the 1st incident to fear a subsequent random act of violence.

CHIEF STRAUB: Again...the two people involved in the first incident did know each other.

CHIEF STRAUB: Police have no reason to believe this was a gang related shooting.

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Police say an officer involved shooting near Nine Mile Falls and a shooting in North Spokane are related.

Around 12:50am Monday morning police responded to a man who was shot at the intersection of Maple and Grace in N. Spokane. The victim was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the chest, he later died of his injuries at Deaconess Medical Center.

According to police, people in the area knew who shot the victim at Maple and Grace and gave police a name. Police then went north to look for that suspect.

Spokane County Sheriff's Deputies arrived at the location they suspected the suspect would be on W. Charles Road, located near 9 Mile Falls around 1:30am. When they arrived they saw a car that matched the description of the car that left the scene at Maple and Grace.

That potential suspect was shot and killed on W. Charles Rd. The shooting was officer-involved.

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