Friend thinks armed robbery suspect intended suicide by cop



Posted on March 27, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 27 at 6:20 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. –The man who was shot by Spokane Police Department officers might have intended to be shot and killed according to a friend.

Steven Charles Corkery, 30, was the man who died during a Spokane Police Department shooting on Wednesday night. On Thursday, the Spokane County Medical Examiner said Corkery died from gunshot wounds.

He was shot and killed outside of a friend’s house near Maple and Grace. The woman who lives in that house spoke with KREM 2 News on Thursday. She said the suspect did not want to go back to jail.

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The suspect’s friend said the gun the suspect had on him at the time of the shooting was fake. They also said he had a ‘heart of gold.’

“He wasn’t all there. He wanted to be liked. He wanted to be loved,” said Charity Burland.

Burland said she knew her friend was in serious trouble Wednesday when police brought her in for questioning about a recent string of robberies. She said she knew right away that it was bad because her friend made it clear he did not want to go.

When KREM 2 News asked Burland if she thought he was trying to commit suicide by cop she said, ‘yes.’

Burland said all the people who love her friend are devastated.

“He should have been on his medication and not on drugs,” said Burland.

According to police Burland was wanted for allegedly robbing a Baskin Robbins at gunpoint earlier in the week.