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Nine Spokane police officers on leave after string of shootings

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Monday's shooting was the third involving Spokane police in just five days, and it's having a real effect on the force.

Nine Spokane police officers are on leave, it may not sound like a lot but in a force that's already short-staffed, SPD is having trouble filling the ranks.

A Spokane police officer told KHQ that during Monday’s Amber Alert and then the officer involved shooting, they had to pull officers from one crisis to respond to the other.

 Meanwhile, Washington State Patrol and the Spokane County Sheriff's Office is not helping fill out the force until the nine officers return from leave.

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