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Dispatch Tapes Released In Spokane Valley Shooting

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SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. -

Tapes released by the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday give a better idea of what happened the night 23-year-old Jedadiah Zillmer died.

The tapes start moments after Zillmer calls 911, saying he wants police to kill him and end two hours later, moments after he is shot and killed by six Spokane County Sheriff's Deputies.

On February 11th, combat veteran Jedadiah Zillmer called police wanting to end his life.

“Heavily armed, wants to confront law enforcement, trying to create a situation where he has to be shot,” said a dispatcher on the tapes.

Zillmer took law enforcement on a high-speed car chase from Spokane to Idaho.

“Still on I-90, still eastbound,” said a dispatcher on the tapes.

Then Zillmer turned around and drove back towards Spokane.

“It's still approaching Post Falls, it's westbound I-90,” said a dispatcher on the tapes.

During the entire pursuit, Zillmer was on the phone with 911 dispatchers.

“He's currently stating that he wants to be shot in the head and will shoot in the air until we shoot him,” said a dispatcher, “Says he doesn't plan to harm citizens unless we take too long to shoot him.”

The chase finally ended on Sullivan near the Spokane Valley Mall.

“South Indiana, he's got a gun,” someone said over the radio. “Copy, Sullivan and Indiana he has a gun.”

Deputies say Zillmer made a threatening move and they opened fire.

“Shots fired shots fired,” someone yelled over the radio.

“Sullivan and Indiana shots fired,” said a dispatcher repeated on the tapes.

After Zillmer was down, deputies worried it still was not over

“We're worried about explosive devices, lets start the bomb squad,’ someone said over the radio. “Suspect’s down, but we can't clear it due to some possible explosives.”

SWAT however was not needed and while the situation may have been over, the investigation into what went wrong with a 23-year-old, months from a wedding, would just be beginning.

After the shooting KHQ also learned that Zillmer served in Afghanistan and received a purple heart. Family members say they think he was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and was in the process of suing the state of Washington to receive disability benefits he was denied.

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