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No criminal charges in West Wynn Motel officer-involved shooting

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The Spokane County Prosecutor's Office reports Tuesday that no criminal charges will be filed against the Spokane Police officer who shot Aaron D. Johnson at the West Wynn Motel in early May.

On May 2, Johnson made several 911 calls. In the first one, he reported he had been assaulted by a roommate named Brian. Johnson called back and told the dispatcher that Brian had threatened him with a knife. In a third call, Johnson reported Brian was trying to kill him with a gun. Several officers responded to the West Wynn Motel.

Officers Stephen Anderson and Shane Phillips were first to arrive on the scene. The two officers made their way up the stairs to unit 217. The door was partially open. The officers knocked and identified themselves as Spokane Police, but no one responded. Officer Phillips entered the room and found Johnson about 20 feet away, in a shooting stance and pointing what appeared to be a gun at the officer. Johnson reportedly said the word "gun" to Officer Phillips. Phillips left the room and ran the length of the hallway to the west and took cover.

Concerned about crossfire, Officer Anderson exited the motel on the east end and intended to join Phillips on the west side. In the meantime, Johnson came out of his room and approached Phillips with the gun in his hands. Phillips loudly ordered Johnson to stop and get down.

Johnson did not listen to the commands. Phillips was concerned for his own safety and others in the motel, and felt that Johnson had set the situation up to shoot police. Officer Phillips fired multiple times at Johnson until he spun around and hit the ground. Officer Anderson joined Phillips and the two approached Johnson and cuffed him, while calling for medical help. Johnson was treated for his injuries and released.

Police determined Johnson's gun was a realistic looking Daisy BB gun. A note was found in Johnson's room that gave Johnson's mother instructions for his funeral. No one named Brian was found in the area.

The Prosecutor's Office determined  that Officer Phillips was not acting out of malice and was concerned for his safety and the safety of others in the motel. Therefore, no criminal charges will be filed against Officer Phillips.

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