SPOKANE, Wash. -- The Spokane Investigative Regional Response Team has completed their investigation into the deadly shooting of a veteran by authorities in Spokane Valley.
The case has now been forwarded to the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office for review.
Officials said Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies shot and killed Jedadiah Zillmer on February 11 near Indiana and Sullivan. Zillmer was a decorated veteran who had served in Afghanistan.
Authorities said Zillmer intended to die by suicide by cop. Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said he received information that he was going to shoot civilians if authorities did not find him and stop him first.
Zillmer was shot and killed after a police chase that began in Spokane, crossed into Kootenai County and then returned to Spokane County.
According to investigators, the incident began with a phone call from the man who said he was suicidal, had weapons and wanted law enforcement to kill him. Deputy Mark Gregory said the Zillmer was approached by Spokane police but fled east in his vehicle along Interstate 90 to Idaho before turning around and returning to Washington.
Sheriff's deputies stopped the vehicle near the Spokane Valley Mall and Zillmer got out. Moments later, deputies said he made a “threatening move” and they opened fire.
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Zillmer reportedly told deputies he was armed with five guns, including an assault rifle, but law enforcement only confirmed he had one weapon that he had held against his neck. Deputies said the suspect threatened to hurt other people. Law enforcement officers said that Zillmer had three guns on him when he was shot.
Zillmer's family said the man was a “good kid.” They said he was having issues and seeking help, but never got it. They added that they knew the man was suicidal.