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Olsen: I should have called 911


By Karen Dorn Steele
The Spokesman-Review

SPOKANE, Wash. - He should have called 911 - and he shouldn't have been drinking at a bar while armed.

Suspended Spokane police officer Jay Olsen made those admissions Wednesday as he took the stand in his Spokane County Superior Court jury trial. Olsen is charged with first-degree assault and reckless endangerment for shooting a fleeing Shonto Pete in the head in the early hours of February 26, 2007.

Olsen accused Pete of stealing his truck that night after the bars closed downtown, but Pete was acquitted of theft charges by another jury in October 2007.

His lawyer, Rob Cossey, asked Olsen, "Did you call for backup or 911?"

after he began to chase Pete.

"I did not....in hindsight, I should have called 911," Olsen replied.

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