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Suspect, Officers involved in Spokane shooting identified; Investigators seeking additional witnesses

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The suspect, identified as 22-year-old Tyler J. Randant, faces several counts of Attempted Robbery and Assault.  Due to the large number of potential victims and witnesses, additional charges are expected. The suspect, identified as 22-year-old Tyler J. Randant, faces several counts of Attempted Robbery and Assault. Due to the large number of potential victims and witnesses, additional charges are expected.
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Spokane Police Officer Corey Lyons Spokane Police Officer Corey Lyons
Spokane Police Officer Holton Widhalm Spokane Police Officer Holton Widhalm
SPOKANE, Wash. -

The Spokane Investigative Regional Response Team (SIRR) have identified the man shot by Spokane Police Saturday afternoon.

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office says 22-year-old Tyler J. Randant was shot by officers after failing to drop a knife he was holding. 

The incident began when Randant was reported standing in the middle of Division near Cataldo attempting to stop cars Saturday afternoon. Witnesses say prior to walking into traffic, Randant tried to take someone's keys in the parking lot of a nearby restaurant. One person who called 911 said they believed Randant may be high or intoxicated and possibly armed with a knife. 

Additional calls were received saying Randant was trying to kick and hit cars as he continued to stand in the middle of traffic. Other witnesses say Randant was holding a knife and trying to enter people's cars. 

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The Sheriff's Office says when officers arrived Randant had a knife to his own throat and ran into the parking lot of a nearby gas station and behind an occupied SUV. Officers continued to tell Randant to drop the knife, but when he failed to follow the commands, two officers fired shots, striking Randant. 

Officers provided immediate medical aid to Randant, who was then taken to the hospital in critical condition. His condition has since improved and we are told he is in stable condition. Randant will be charged with several counts of Attempted Robbery and Assault, and additional charges are expected. 

A search of Randant's criminal history shows he has four previous felony convictions dating back to 2009, including Robbery, Theft, Assault and Possession of a Controlled Substance. 

The investigation continues in the case. Detectives are continuing to process evidence, interview witnesses and officers and involved, and look through body camera footage from one of the involved officers. 

Investigators ask anyone who has not already been contacted by law enforcement and had contact with Randant earlier in the day, witnessed this incident or took video of this incident to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233 and reference #392381. 

Spokane Police identified the officers involved in the shooting Tuesday afternoon as Senior Police Officers Cory Lyons and Holt Widhalm. The two officers have a combined 25 years experience with the Spokane Police Department.

Lyons was a volunteer and reserve officer for many years and received multiple awards including Reserve of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and Co-op of the year twice. He was hired as a full-time officer in 2007. Lyons is currently a Firearms Instructor for the Spokane Police Training Center, as well. 

Spokane Police Say Officer Widhalm was a reserve officer for the Spokane Police Department for 2 years, as well as an officer with Spokane International Airport and Eastern Washington University. He has been with SPD since 2007 and is in instructor in Verbal Defense and Influence at the training center, as well as a board that evaluated the benefits for Crisis Intervention Training for officers across the country. 

This also isn't the first shooting Lyons and Widhalm have been involved in. 

Officer Lyons Lyons was involved in an August 2013 shooting near the Salvation Army.

Officer Widhalm was involved in a January 2014 shooting of a man outside the Truth Ministries shelter. In that shooting the suspect also refused to drop a knife and came at officers on scene. The use of force was ruled as justified. 

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