No criminal charges in October 2015 police shooting in Hillyard - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

No criminal charges in October 2015 police shooting in Hillyard

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

The Spokane County Prosecutor's Office has determined that the officers involved in shooting with a man in Hillyard early one October morning in 2015 were justified in their use of force. 

On October 12, 2015, a 911 dispatcher received a called from Jason Smith. Smith reported he was high on drugs and drunk, and that he had "tons" of warrants for his arrest. He also told the dispatcher he had a bunch of guns in the house and that he needed a ride to jail.

That call was followed moments later by a 911 call from Smith's father, Steven Smith. Steven Smith reported that his son, Jason, had assaulted him, and dragged him around the house. He said officers should come to the home at 4118 E. Longfellow in Spokane quickly, before things "get out of hand any further."  Steven Smith told police that Jason was out in the driveway in his 2006 Dodge pickup truck, revving the engine. Again he told police to hurry.

Several officers responded. Officer Stanley Stadelman arrived first. Officer Stadelman say Jason Smith in his truck when he got to the home. He was parked in the driveway with the engine running, preparing to drive away. Officer Stadelman told other officers to "step it up" according to a report released Wednesday.

Other officers arrived including Christopher McMurtrey and Joseph Matt. Each placed their patrol cars in the way to block Smith from leaving.

When backup arrived, officers immediately ordered Smith to get out of the truck, turn it off and show his hands. These commands were repeated multiple times. Officer body cameras recorded Smith ignoring those commands. Then revved his engine and tried to ram the police cars out of the way.

Officers continued to tell Smith to stop the truck, but when he didn't, shots were fired. Smith was hit in the cheek and chest, but eventually got out of the truck, went to the rear bumper and slowly got to the ground.

Smith was taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center where he was treated and eventually released.

Under the circumstances, the Prosecutor's Office says the officers were justified in shooting Smith. No criminal charges will be filed. 

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