Charge against Shonto Pete will not be dropped - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Charge against Shonto Pete will not be dropped

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SPOKANE, Wash. - The victim involved in the police officer-involved shooting, Shonto Pete was charged by warrant with Taking a Motor Vehicle Without Owner's Permission.  

Pete's attorney argued that his DNA was not in the truck that police officer Jay Olsen accused Pete of stealing when he shot him. Pete also plead "not guilty" to the charge of theft. But the judge refused to drop the charge and Pete remains in jail on $10,000 bond.

According to police reports, Jay Olsen and a female acquaintance were leaving downtown Spokane about 2:30 a.m. in February, and were seated in her car while the 43-year-old officer's pickup was left running to warm up.

Detectives believe Pete stole the truck and was followed by Olsen and the woman in her car.  When the truck was abandoned west of Monroe on Riverside Avenue, Olsen chased Pete down over an embankment that leads to Peaceful Valley.

Olsen fired five shots at Pete as the he fled, one of the bullets striking him in the head.

Olsen has been placed on unpaid layoff status and faces an administrative process to determine whether he will be fired.

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