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Bail set at $75,000 for man shot by Spokane Police

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Bail for 20-year-old Joseph Hensz was set at $75,000 on Monday afternoon. Bail for 20-year-old Joseph Hensz was set at $75,000 on Monday afternoon.
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Defense attorneys argued Joseph Hensz should be released on his own recognizance because of his lack of criminal history, but a judge disagreed and bail was set at $75,000 and his arraignment was set for November 25, 2014. 

Spokane Police said on November 8, 2014 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 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 then 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 treated. He was recently released and booked into the Spokane County Jail while awaiting his first court appearance. 

Last week, Spokane Police identified the officer who shot Hensz as 17-year veteran Mike Roberge. 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.

Roberge was wearing a body camera the night of the shooting, however it was not turned on.

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