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Officer Mike Roberge was identified by Spokane Police as the officer who shot domestic violence suspect Joseph E. Hensz Officer Mike Roberge was identified by Spokane Police as the officer who shot domestic violence suspect Joseph E. Hensz
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Roberge was the officer who shot 20-year-old Joseph E. Hensz Saturday night following a pursuit. 


Police said Saturday night they were investigating 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 told KHQ 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 Roberge was involved in the shooting and his body camera that he was wearing at the time, was not activated.

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

On Thursday, the Spokane Police Department identified Roberge as the officer who fired shots. Roberge currently works as a patrol officer, but in his 17 years with the department he has worked with the Special Investigations Unit, the Targeted Crimes Unit and the Gang Enforcement Task Force. 

In 2010, Roberge received the Chief's Citation Award for his work with the Spokane Regional GangNet System Development and Implementation Team. GangNet is an intelligence database that helps law enforcement agencies share important information about gang activity at a regional and national level. 

According to the Spokane Police Department, Roberge has also received commendations in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014 for rapid response to a school lock-down, for his polite and helpful assistance to a young man suffering from mental illness, his assistance at the scene of a shooting incident, his skill interviewing a sexual assault suspect, his assistance in apprehending a juvenile suspect within minutes of the individual displaying threatening behavior, his assistance at the scene of a convenience store robbery, his knowledge and presentation skills regarding gangs in Spokane, his involvement in developing a gang emphasis team, and his leadership in the Northwest Gang Investigators Association (2011 Publications Editor, 2013 Vice President, 2014 Training Coordinator).


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