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Identity Released Of Spokane Valley Deputy Who Hit Boy On Bike

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SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Spokane County Sheriff's Office has released the name of the deputy who hit the boy on his bike on May 23rd.

Spokane Valley Deputy Joseph Bodman was heading westbound on Sprague to assist with an arrest in a domestic violence case when he struck Ryan Holyk, who was riding his bike at the intersection of Sprague and Vista, just after 10:30pm. Holyk was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries and remains in critical condition.

Witnesses say the deputy swerved to miss the boy, but clipped him on the bike and sent him spinning. Witnesses also tell us the deputy did not have his emergency lights on but that he appeared to be going the speed limit. Deputy Bodman says he had a green light when he crossed the intersection.

Deputy Bodman has approximately 25 years of experience in law enforcement.He began his career as a Reserve Police Officer with the Spokane Police Department in 1985.

Deputy Bodman worked as a Reserve Officer until he was hired with the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office in 1989. While with the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Bodman was a Field Training Officer for four years and a K9 handler for six years.

Deputy Bodman worked at the patrol capacity his entire career until he transferred to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office in 2002. Since he has been employed with Spokane County, Deputy Bodman has continued to work as a patrol deputy and has been a Field Training Officer for approximately eight years.

Deputy Bodman was recently selected to be a Sheriff’s Office Emergency Vehicle Operations Course instructor (EVOC).

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