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Deputy identified in Spokane Valley shooting

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Deputy Jeff Thurman and Laslo Deputy Jeff Thurman and Laslo
SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - The Spokane County Sheriff's Office identified the deputy involved in a shooting in Spokane Valley Friday night as 13 year veteran Deputy Jeff Thurman. 

Thurman is currently the K-9 handler of Laslo. 

Friday night, deputies were on scene of a traffic stop near North Barker Road and East Cataldo Avenue with one man and two women inside a car. During the stop, the man gave deputies wrong names before taking off on foot. The Sheriff's Office saysDeputy Thurman released Laslo who brought the suspect to the ground, and when Thurman pulled Laslo off the suspect, the suspect rolled over, pulled out a gun and shot at the officer but missed. Thurman returned fire and shot the suspect, who was taken to the hospital. At last update he is expected to be ok. 

The two women in the car were detained. One of them has a felony warrants. The man who was shot has a lengthy criminal record

The Spokane Valley Sheriff says Liberty Lake Police body cameras captured the entire incident and it will be reviewed. The investigation is ongoing.

Deputy Thurman has been with the Sheriff's Office for 13 years and has received numerous awards including the Sheriff's Star Award, the 2013 National Tactical Flight Officer of the Year Award, certificates of commendation, and 15 letters internally document his good work and professionalism, according to Deputy Mark Gregory. 

Thurman was has been involved in at least two other shootings, including one in late 2007 when Jason Mann opened fire at officers, and more recently last year in the shooting of Jed Zillmer in Spokane Valley. 

The SIRR Team's investigation of the incident is ongoing.  



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