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Spokane police body camera did not capture video of officer involved shooting Saturday night

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Spokane Police shot a man following a pursuit Saturday night in north Spokane near Post and Montgomery. Spokane Police shot a man following a pursuit Saturday night in north Spokane near Post and Montgomery.
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The body camera worn by the Spokane Police officer who fired several shots, injuring a man Saturday night, did not capture video of the shooting. The Washington State Patrol said the camera was not activated during the incident, however they did not offer an explanation as to why it was not on.

Spokane Police implemented a pilot program with the cameras in September, fitting more than a dozen officers with them. The pilot program is set to end in December and all patrol officers will be fitted with the cameras next year. 

Police said Saturday night they were investigating a man, later identified as 20-year-old Joseph E. Hensz, for alleged stalking and harassment. Police said they tracked down Hensz driving erratically behind the wheel of a stolen car. On officer reported seeing Hensz driving in excess of 100 mph. 

Police Chief Frank Straub said Saturday night that "at one point the Hensz virtually hit one of our officer's vehicles." Police said they performed a PIT maneuver near Post and Montgomery Avenue to get the car to stop.

Witness told KHQ that they heard several gunshots before an officer yelled at Hensz to get out of the car and get on the ground. Hensz was shot by police, taken to the hospital and is in stable condition as of Monday afternoon.  

Police said only one officer was involved in the shooting. 

This was the first Spokane Police officer-involved shooting since the body camera pilot program has been implemented.

Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub announced in October that officers wearing the body cameras must have them on at all times and if they are turned off the officer must explain in a report why. 

KHQ has been in touch with Spokane Police spokeswoman Monique Cotton but as of 1:00 p.m., the Police Department has not commented as to why the body camera did not capture video Saturday night. 

The Spokane Investigative Regional Response team is investigating with the Washington State Patrol as the lead. WSP is asking anyone with any information on this incident to contact Crime Check at 456-2233. 

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