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Witnesses recount police shooting on Division

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The scene of the shooting Saturday afternoon. The scene of the shooting Saturday afternoon.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

An investigation continues after two Spokane police officers fired shots at a man. Police say they received multiple 911 calls about a man with a knife who was walking in the middle of Division Street, trying to get into people’s cars.

For people like Terry and Alta Morrow, they were just out running errands when they saw this man. They were at the Jewelry Design Center on Division Street getting a ring polished.

Then, as they were leaving, they saw a man in the middle of Division.

“Stopping cars and he would go around and he would try to open the door handles. We saw that about five or six times, maybe more,” Terry says.

That's when Terry told his wife, “I think we need to call 911. Don’t want to watch a carjacking in front of us.”

Police arrived shortly after they made the call. They say the man made his way to the Cenex Gas Station parking lot. Police say officers felt the man's behavior was dangerous.

“They were yelling at him,” Terry recalls police officers doing. “I couldn't hear what they were saying exactly but he wasn't complying with what they were saying.”

Then, police say, two officers fired shots.

“It was surreal because you're watching it as it takes place and it happens really quick,” Alta says. “And it's hard to watch you know guns being drawn and anticipate the outcome being not good.”

Something the Morrows never expected for their Saturday afternoon.

“It was just hard to believe that it was taking place just right in front of us,” Alta says.

Following protocol, the SIRR team is investigating the shooting. The man was last listed in critical condition in the hospital. 

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