FIRST ON KHQ: Officers Shoot Man With Knife In East Spokane - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

ADVERTISEMENT
Bookmark and Share

FIRST ON KHQ: Officers Shoot Man With Knife In East Spokane

Posted: Updated:
One person was taken to the hospital with multiple gunshot wounds following an officer involved shooting Thursday night One person was taken to the hospital with multiple gunshot wounds following an officer involved shooting Thursday night
SPOKANE, Wash. - Mobile Users Click This Link To View The Slideshow: http://bit.ly/1kFxj8m

Spokane Police shot a man Thursday night after they say he refused multiple commands to drop a knife.  

Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub told KHQ Reporter Patrick Erickson that just before 9:00pm, officers responded to a 911 call near the area of Sprague and Magnolia. Callers said a man was inside Truth Ministries threatening people with a knife. Police say the man was kicked out of Truth Ministires earlier in the night for threatening people with a piece of lumber. The man also told other people staying at the shelter that he was a former soldier suffering from PTSD.

When officers arrived they found that armed man in an alleyway just behind the Truth Ministries building. 

Straub says officers gave multiple commands to put the weapon down, and they also used a taser, which did not work and the man continued to move toward them. Straub says officers gave even more commands to drop the weapon. The man continued to move toward officers and they were forced to open fire. Immediately officers and firefighters from a nearby fire station began performing CPR. 

That man was taken to the hospital and a press release sent out early Friday morning indicates that he is expected to survive. His name has not been released.

The Chief also said that this is an unfortunate incident and his officers were doing what they were trained to do when their lives and lives of the public are put in danger. 

The Washington State Patrol will be handling the investigation.

Press Release Issued Early Friday Morning From The Spokane Investigative Regional Response Team (SIRR)

The Spokane Investigative Regional Response Team (SIRR Team) is investigating a shooting involving the Spokane Police Department, which occurred this evening at around 9:00 pm.

At approximately 9:00 pm, Spokane Police officers received a 911 call indicating a male was at Truth Ministries in the 1900 block of E. Sprague threatening individuals with a knife.  Officers responded within minutes and located the male in the alley behind Truth Ministries.
Officers contacted the individual and gave verbal commands for the male to drop the knife he was holding.  The individual refused to comply with officer commands.  Officers deployed a Taser.   The individual did not drop the weapon and moved towards one of the officers.
Officers fired shots.  Life-saving measures were immediately taken and the individual was transported to Sacred Heart Medical Center.

Washington State Patrol is the managing agency in this incident.  Future communications regarding this incident will be sent out via the SIRR Team.


The Spokane Police Department will release the names of the officers involved in this incident.


Once the SIRR Team investigation is complete the case will be forwarded to the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office for review.


This is a developing story and as soon as we get any additional information, we will be sure to update you. 
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • BEAUTIFUL HOMES: Top 10 Most Expensive Homes For Sale In CDA

    BEAUTIFUL HOMES: Top 10 Most Expensive Homes For Sale In CDA

    Tuesday, March 25 2014 9:20 AM EDT2014-03-25 13:20:34 GMT
    KHQ.COM - When it comes to shopping around for a house, it's always fun to dream. We did a search for some of the most expensive homes for sale right now in the Coeur d' Alene area.>>
    KHQ.COM - When it comes to shopping around for a house, it's always fun to dream. We did a search for some of the most expensive homes for sale right now in the Coeur d' Alene area.>>
  • LOOKING FOR A HOME? 10 Homes For Sale In Spokane For $125,000

    LOOKING FOR A HOME? 10 Homes For Sale In Spokane For $125,000

    Thursday, April 17 2014 5:56 PM EDT2014-04-17 21:56:12 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - Spring is a popular time to purchase and sell a home. Here are 10 homes for sale in Spokane for $125,000. These homes were found on www.WindermereSpokane.com. If you would like more information on any of these homes or would like to schedule a tour, contact your real estate agent with the correct MLS number.>>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - Spring is a popular time to purchase and sell a home. Here are 10 homes for sale in Spokane for $125,000. These homes were found on www.WindermereSpokane.com. If you would like more information on any of these homes or would like to schedule a tour, contact your real estate agent with the correct MLS number.>>
  • Family's Car Catches Fire Inside Lion Enclosure

    Family's Car Catches Fire Inside Lion Enclosure

    Sunday, April 20 2014 2:57 PM EDT2014-04-20 18:57:30 GMT
    (NBC)- A British family was forced to flee their car inside a lion enclosure, after the vehicle caught fire. Other visitors shot amateur footage of the car on fire. Helen Clements, who was in the car with her two children, said they were caught between wanting to escape the burning car while evading the lions.>>
    (NBC)- A British family was forced to flee their car inside a lion enclosure, after the vehicle caught fire. Other visitors shot amateur footage of the car on fire. Helen Clements, who was in the car with her two children, said they were caught between wanting to escape the burning car while evading the lions.
    >>
  • Top Stories from KHQTop StoriesMore>>

  • Several Hospitalized After Easter Night Crash

    Several Hospitalized After Easter Night Crash

    Monday, April 21 2014 1:45 AM EDT2014-04-21 05:45:17 GMT
    Several People are recovering after a two vehicle crash north of Spokane near Elk at the intersection of Madison and Frideger. The Spokane County Sheriff's Department tell us the drivers of both cars may have been impaired. It happened around 7 p.m. Sunday night. There were several people injured in those vehicles, but its not clear how serious those injuries are. Stay with KHQ.com for more on this developing story.>>
    Several People are recovering after a two vehicle crash north of Spokane near Elk at the intersection of Madison and Frideger. The Spokane County Sheriff's Department tell us the drivers of both cars may have been impaired. It happened around 7 p.m. Sunday night. There were several people injured in those vehicles, but its not clear how serious those injuries are. Stay with KHQ.com for more on this developing story.>>
  • Organizers With The Seafair Torchlight Parade Issue An Apology

    Organizers With The Seafair Torchlight Parade Issue An Apology

    Sunday, April 20 2014 10:47 PM EDT2014-04-21 02:47:17 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - This year the Fallen Hero Banner project, which honors men and women from Washington who have died serving our country, applied to march in the Seafair Torchlight Parade in Seattle. However, the organization was denied by the parade selection committee via email saying, "the Fallen Hero Banner Project was not the right fit for the Torchlight Parade.">>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - This year the Fallen Hero Banner project, which honors men and women from Washington who have died serving our country, applied to march in the Seafair Torchlight Parade in Seattle. However, the organization was denied by the parade selection committee via email saying, "the Fallen Hero Banner Project was not the right fit for the Torchlight Parade.">>
  • Kraft Recalls 96,000 Pounds Of Oscar Mayer Wieners

    Kraft Recalls 96,000 Pounds Of Oscar Mayer Wieners

    Sunday, April 20 2014 10:46 PM EDT2014-04-21 02:46:36 GMT
    NEW YORK (AP) - Kraft Foods is recalling 96,000 pounds of its Oscar Mayer wieners because they may mistakenly contain cheese.The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service said Sunday that packages of Kraft's "Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners" may instead contain the company's "Classic Cheese Dogs.>>
    NEW YORK (AP) - Kraft Foods is recalling 96,000 pounds of its Oscar Mayer wieners because they may mistakenly contain cheese.The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service said Sunday that packages of Kraft's "Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners" may instead contain the company's "Classic Cheese Dogs.>>