COLBERT, Wash. --- The Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office announced Monday it has determined the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office was justified in using deadly force when trying to arrest a Colbert man in March.
SCSO had been trying to bring in Dean J. Bellamy, when they got involved in a standoff at his home on Leslie Lane.
Spokane County Sheriff’s Office said they tried to negotiate with him after getting a call about domestic violence there. They said they tried to use non-lethal force to get him to surrender, but it was not effective.
In a release, the prosecutor’s office writes the deputies fired nonlethal shots at Bellamy, only to have him shout something along the lines of “you will pay for that” before opening fire.
The leader of the SWAT team was shot in the shoulder, but was released from the hospital a few days later. A robot was used to find Bellamy dead inside the home from a gunshot wound to the head.
Initially, the Medical Examiner said it was not clear if the wound was self-inflicted or as a result of the exchange of gunfire. Monday, the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office said the bullet removed from his head was from one of the deputies’ Glock pistols.
“Bellamy presented a serious and immediate threat to the deputies on the scene. He fired at them multiple times, wounding one,” the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office wrote in a release. “There is no indication Deputies Petrini and Totman, Cpl. Welton, and Detective McNees acted out of malice or lacked a good faith belief in the correctness of each of their actions.”
Court records show Bellamy had been arrested twice in the past for domestic violence at his address in Colbert. Documents detail several incidents where Bellamy was accused of holding a gun to his ex-wife’s head, strangling and assaulting her.
In the case from 2015, Bellamy’s ex-wife reported he would be very combative and would go out in a blaze of glory if he heard sirens approaching the residence.