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Detention officer cleared in Deaconess shooting incident

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Cameron Trevino speaking to KHQ after his escape attempt Cameron Trevino speaking to KHQ after his escape attempt
SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane County Prosecutor's Office has determined that Detention Officer Sandy Reif was justified in his use of deadly force while preventing the escape of inmate Cameron Trevino from Deaconess Hospital on July 14, 2014.

Cameron Trevino had been arrested for First Degree Assault, a serious violent offense, and First Degree Unlawful Possession of a Firearm. He was in custody on those charges at the Spokane County Jail when he was found unresponsive, hanging from the underside of his jail bed, on July 13, 2014. He was taken to Deaconess Hospital for treatment, where he remained under guard and in the custody of Spokane County Detention Services on the eighth floor.

The following is from a release issued by the prosecutor's office:

Officer Reif was guarding Trevino on July 14, 2014, when this incident occurred. At approximately 2:00 am on July 14, 2014, Trevino asked to use the bathroom. While Officer Reif was removing Trevino's right ankle bracelet, Trevino suddenly stood up from his hospital bed and punched Officer Reif in the head. Officer Reif stood up and Trevino was in a fighting stance. Officer Reif punched Trevino back, but this did not dissuade him. Trevino ran from the room and Reif gave chase. A lengthy, multi-floor chase ensued. Officer Reif struck Trevino with his baton multiple times, as well as using nearly all of his pepper spray, while repeatedly ordering Trevino to stop and give up.

Trevino managed to get down to the fourth floor. Officer Reif still gave chase, followed closely by a nurse. Officer Reif told Trevino that if he did not stop he would have to shoot him. Trevino continued to run. He was running down an unoccupied hallway on the fourth floor when Officer Reif fired a single round at Trevino, which missed. Trevino fell to the ground and he was taken into custody by Reif. Officer Reif said he fired because he feared for his safety as well as the safety of others. He feared Trevino could take a hostage, surprise him and take his gun, or arm himself with a sharp instrument from the hospital.

Under these circumstances, it was reasonable for Officer Reif to use deadly force. Deadly force may be used if necessary to prevent the escape of someone who poses a threat of serious physical harm to the officer or others. Where feasible, a verbal warning should be given. Officer Reif gave Trevino a verbal warning before firing his gun. He had used multiple reasonable means short of deadly force to prevent Trevino's escape prior to using deadly force. He used multiple verbal commands, baton strikes, pepper spray and engaged in a lengthy foot chase.

There is no indication Officer Reif was acting out of malice or lacked a good faith belief in the correctness of his actions. Therefore, no criminal liability attaches and no criminal charges will be filed against Officer Reif.

KHQ spoke with Cameron Trevino following his escape attempt. He told us he felt like his life was over: "I was just running," Trevino said. "I don't know, I was... just, I just wanted to get home."

That shooting was the second at Deaconess hospital in less than a week. The week before a man killed his wife and himself on the campus of the hospital. The two shootings were not related in any way.




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