Man killed in officer involved shooting had extensive criminal past

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by BRIANA BERMENSOLO & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on August 22, 2013 at 8:36 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 22 at 8:41 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- The man killed on Thursday in an officer involved shooting was an ex-con with an extensive criminal history.

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KREM 2 News discovered court records that showed he has been convicted of more than a dozen criminal charges dating back nearly a decade.

Jones served eight months in jail and another eight months of probation for theft and taking a vehicle without permission in 2004.

In 2008, Jones was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison for stolen vehicle charges and assault with a deadly weapon.

Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub said officers were not aware of Jones' criminal history when they responded to the initial call of the suspect's alleged road rage Thursday morning. Chief Straub said four officers who shot and killed Jones followed protocol based on Jones' accused behavior in the moment.

"Based on preliminary investigation, the officers were worried for their safety and the community's safety was in jeopardy," Chief Straub said. "This individual engaged in two aggressive actions against the white truck. Hit that truck twice, didn't comply with verbal commands, and backed into a patrol car several times."

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The Spokane Police Department is expected to release the names of the officers who shot Jones within the next three days.

 

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