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Officers involved in Shadle Walmart shooting identified

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From Left To Right: Officer Darrell Quarles, Sgt. Brian Exkersley, Officer Ryan Smith From Left To Right: Officer Darrell Quarles, Sgt. Brian Exkersley, Officer Ryan Smith
SPOKANE, Wash. -

The Spokane Police Department released the names of the three officers who were involved in a fatal shooting at the Shadle Park Walmart last week. 

Following a reported carjacking near Crestline and Lincoln, in which a person was shot twice, police located the stolen car in the parking lot of the Walmart. They called in more resources and set up surveillance on the car and noticed several people in and out of the car while waiting for backup. At one point the vehicle started to move and the officers moved in on the car, blocking it.

Sergeant Brian Eckersley was not involved in the deadly force but did use his vehicle to block the suspect vehicle in the parking lot.

Chief Craig Meidl told KHQ that the passenger in the vehicle got out of car, but the driver did not.

Officer Darrell Quarles and Officer Ryan Smith were identified as the officers who fired their weapons and killed 34-year-old Chad Cochell. 

Chief Meidl says body camera footage will be available for the investigation.

The man who was killed was identified two days after the shooting as 34-year-old Chad Cochell. The cause of death was listed as "rifle and shotgun wounds to the chest and upper extremities." 

The Spokane Investigative Regional Response Team is handling the investigation and interviewing the officers involved to determine exactly what happened. 

The Spokane Police Department provided the following information on all three officers: 

Sergeant Brian Eckersley was hired by the Spokane Police Department on January 25th, 2000.  He was promoted to Sergeant June 23rd, 2013.

Prior to being hired, Brian was an SPD Explorer (1992-1996) where he was in leadership positions and was awarded Explorer of the year in 1994.  He volunteered 2,725 hours.  After being hired by SPD, Brian became an advisor to the Explorer Post and received a letter of commendation for that.  Brian was an SPD Field Training Officer and a member of the Civil Disturbance Unit (TAC Team).

Brian was awarded the Chief’s Citation Award in September 2009 and January 2010.  He was awarded the Silver Star in 2003, the Life Saving Award in 2008 and in 2008 he was recognized by the YWCA for outstanding service to victims of domestic violence.  Brian has been a former Employee of the Month for the City of Spokane.

Brian has received numerous letters of commendation from other Law Enforcement agencies, prosecutors, a former City Council member, supervisors and many citizens.

Officer Darrell Quarles was hired by the Spokane Police Department June 16th, 2008.

Prior to being hired, Darrell was a Reserve Officer for the Airway Heights Police Department.  He worked for the Cheney Police Department from November 2005 to December 2007 and the EWU Police Department from December 2007 to June 2008.

Before becoming a police officer, Darrell worked for Spokane Mental Health from June 2004 to December 2005.  He worked for Excelsior Youth Center from February 2001 to April 2004.

Darrell has received the Life Saving Award and selected as a Hometown Hero in 2010.  He has several letters of commendation from a supervisor as well as numerous letters of appreciation from citizens.

Officer Ryan Smith was hired by the Spokane Police Department October 19th, 2015.

Prior to coming to SPD, Ryan worked for the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office from January 2001 to October 2015.  Ryan was a United States Air Force Medical Technician from 1992-2000.

He has received several letters of appreciation from community partners (Frontier Behavioral Health) and citizens.

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