SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police Department and the Spokane County Sheriff's Office were both involved in a shooting in the Hillyard neighborhood on Monday morning.
Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich and Spokane Police Chief Craig Meidl gave an update on the shooting.
Officials said a Spokane County deputy and a Spokane Police officer were serving eviction paperwork at an apartment on North Regal near Diamond around 10:15 a.m. The deputy had received information of prior threats by the occupant and requested help from Spokane Police. When the complex manager opened the door to the unit, law enforcement saw a man sitting on a couch.
Authorities said the man was reaching for a blanket. The deputy and officer told him to stop reaching, the man continued and officer saw what they thought was the butt of a rifle. Officials said the deputy and officer continued to tell him to stop reaching, then they opened fire and struck the subject. The man was given life-saving aid and was transported to the hospital. Knezovich said as of about noon, the man was in surgery. As of 7:00 p.m. his condition is unknown.
Both the deputy and officer were not injured. Meidl said the officer was wearing a body cam.
Officials said it is unclear if a rifle was recovered from the scene.
A neighbor who knew the man involved said he has harassed several people who live in the building in the past. He also thought the man suffered from mental health issues. The neighbor told police he knew the man had a gun in his apartment and said he did report it to the manager of the building.
"I've seen it, I've held it, I went to a gun show with him, so I know he has one," Justin Taylor said.
Taylor also said he reported the gun to building management at one point because he was concerned about the man's behavior.
It is also unclear how many shots were fired but some neighbors only heard a few while others say they heard more than a dozen.
The Spokane Regional Response Team is investigating the shooting.. The deputy and officer involved have been placed on administrative leave.
Investigators ask anyone who has not already been contacted by law enforcement, and may have information regarding this incident, to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.