SPOKANE, Wash. -  Spokane Police have confirmed an officer involved shooting occurred on Monroe Street Wednesday.

Assistant Police Chief Lundgren said in a press briefing that the suspect involved in the shooting was a man. When police contacted him, the suspect produced a knife.

"[Police] began to attempt to use verbal commands and deescalate the situation," Lundgren said.

Shots were fired when the suspect began walking toward officers. Officers immediately began emergency life-saving measures. 

According to Lundgren, the suspect did not survive his injuries.

Information regarding the suspect's identity has not yet been released. 

Spokane Police on the scene of an officer-involved shooting

Police have asked motorists to find an alternate route for Monroe between Indiana and Garland. The area will be closed for several hours. 

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

Spokane Police on the scene of an officer-involved shooting

KHQ Local News Web Producer

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