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Witness recounts deputy-involved shooting on 195

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Scene of a shooting on Highway 195 Scene of a shooting on Highway 195
SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. -

Police are still investigating the deputy-involved shooting off of Highway 195 and Excelsior Road. One witness says he was on his way home when he noticed someone in the middle of the highway acting erratically.

“As I got closer I thought it was maybe someone trying to flag someone down because of a wreck and that's when I noticed a person…waving what appeared to be some kind of handgun around," says Jeremiah Dodson.

Dodson says he didn’t have time to be scared.

“It was instantaneous. It was just 'Oh there's a person. Oh do they need help? Oh they've got a gun. I need to call the police. All of that happened in the course of maybe a second or two. By the time I realized I could be in danger, I was well past the point of danger.”

But he made sure he drove a bit more before pulling over to call 911.

“My thought was a person turns and aims their weapon at me and I want to make sure that hill is between us so that can't shoot me or my vehicle,” he says.

Police say that person is 21-year-old Tina Fricke, who now faces charges of assault and unlawful possession of a firearm. Police say she could face more charges depending on what witnesses have to say.

“I’m glad it didn't have to be a fatal shooting,” Dodson says. “I'm glad the officer involved wasn't hurt and that hopefully at the end of the day this person will get the help they need and no one had to lose their life.”

Investigators are still looking to speak with witnesses or anyone who had contact with Fricke earlier in the day, so you should call Crime Check 509-456-2233 and reference #15-455309 if you have any information. 

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