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NEW DETAILS: Officers Identified In Deadly Spokane Shooting

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In order from left to right: Officer Lesser, Officer Valdez, Officer Jensen In order from left to right: Officer Lesser, Officer Valdez, Officer Jensen
Officer Dan Lesser Officer Dan Lesser
Officer Adam Valdez Officer Adam Valdez
Officer Jake Jensen Officer Jake Jensen

SPOKANE, Wash. - Multiple sources have confirmed that three officers were involved in the May 16th shooting in Nine Mile Falls that killed the suspect in a shooting that happened less than an hour before at Maple and Grace in NW Spokane. The officers involved include Officer Adam Valdez, Officer Dan Lesser and Officer Jake Jensen.

Sources close to Spokane County Sheriff's Office and SPD say two of these officers were involved in past shootings. Adam Valdez was involved in the last Officer Involved Shooting at 8th and Monroe earlier this year. Officer Dan Lesser was involved in fatal shooting at 7th and Hatch in 2011.

Lesser shot and killed a man who was armed and suicidal on September 30, 2011. The officers involved in this most recent shooting have been placed on administrative leave.

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE SPOKANE POLICE DEPT: The three officers involved in this incident are part of specialized units (K-9, SWAT and TAC).  These units are specially trained to protect the public and officers in these units are frequently the first to respond to dangerous situations. 

SPD has a mutual aid agreement with the Spokane County Sheriff's Office and the Washington State Patrol and the K-9 units frequently assist with potentially high-risk and dangerous calls for service throughout the area.

The Spokane Police Department will continue to work in cooperation with the SIRR Team in this active and ongoing investigation. The SIRR Team is comprised of members of the Spokane County Sheriff's Office, the Washington State Patrol and the Spokane Police Department. 

Ofc. Jake Jensen-12 year SPD veteran and a member of SWAT and K-9 units

Received Chief's Citation Award 2013 for his work with the K-9 Unit

Received Medal of Merit in 2006 for his response to a house fire with a child trapped inside

Received Employee of the Quarter Award in 2005 This is Jensen's first officer involved shooting incident

Ofc.Danny Lesser – 18 year SPD veteran and member of SWAT and K-9 units

Received Chief's Citation Award 2013 for his work with the K-9 Unit

Received Lifesaving Award 2010 for his application of first aid to a stabbing victim

In 2009 Lesser's K-9 Var was given a Purple Heart Award after being shot twice by a stolen vehicle suspect

Received Lifesaving Award in 2008 for his off-duty response to a man having a heart attack. He saved the man's life by performing CPR

This is Lesser's 4thofficer involved shooting incident.  All incidents have been reviewed and cleared by the Spokane County Prosecutor's Office.

Ofc Adam Valdez – 7 year SPD veteran and TAC Team Member

Received Commendation for his response to a missing child/abduction call in 2012

Recently arrested convicted felon and gang member who threw three loaded guns during foot pursuit 04/13

This is Valdez's 2nd officer involved shooting incident. Valdez was involved in the shooting of a man who had been firing rounds in a Spokane neighborhood earlier this year.

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