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Trial of former Spokane Police officer accused of shooting Shonto Pete underway

Shonto Pete suffered a wound to the head Shonto Pete suffered a wound to the head

SPOKANE, Wash. - The trial of a former Spokane Police officer accused of shooting an unarmed man in February of 2007, began Tuesday.

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Prosecutors say James Olsen shot Shonto Pete in the head while the man was running away.

Olsen had said that Pete tried to steal his truck that was warming up along the side of a downtown Spokane street.

Pete was charged with the crime and then acquitted in October of 2007. Olsen faces one assault charge and two counts of Reckless Endangerment. Jury selection began Tuesday, opening statements are expected on Monday, March 2.


Man shot by Spokane Police officer suing City

Shonto Pete, the man shot in the head by Spokane Police Officer Jay Olsen is now suing the City of Spokane for physical, mental and monetary damages he incurred as a result of the shooting. More...

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Pete says he was shot by Olsen in an incident that occurred on February 26, 2007. Olsen and a female acquaintance were leaving Dempsey's Brass Rail in downtown Spokane about 2:30 a.m. that morning, and were seated in her car while Olsen's pickup was left running to warm up.

Pete says he approached Olsen's car to ask for a ride and says he was chased off. Pete states in the lawsuit that Olsen chased him down over an embankment that leads to Peaceful Valley where Olsen fired five shots, one of which hit him in the head.

The First-Degree Assault charge is based on the shooting and wounding of Pete. The Reckless Endangerment counts are based on Officer Olsen firing in the direction of occupied homes, and striking one.



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