SPOKANE, Wash. – The Spokane County Prosecutors Office has determined officers were justified in a deadly shooting involving homicide suspect, Justin Cairns, on May 16th, 2013.
Police tracked Justin Cairns, who was accused of killing Cyrus Jones the same night, to a home in the Nine Mile Falls area about 45 minutes after they arrived at the scene on Grace. They used information on the suspect’s car to track him down to a home along the 22000 block of West Charles Road.
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Officers observed a vehicle at the location matching the description of the vehicle used by the homicide suspect. Investigators said police believed the suspect was still armed and began setting up a perimeter around the house.
Authorities contacted the Cairns outside of the house. Police Chief Frank Straub said Cairns came outside and shut off the lights. Investigators said the man failed to follow commands when he was confronted by the officers. Officials said Cairns pointed at officers and reached down to his waist then took off running.
During the incident, shots were fired by the officers. Those shots hit Cains and he was pronounced dead at the scene. A semi-automatic handgun was found near the scene.
None of the officers involved were injured.
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The incident was investigated by the Spokane Investigative Regional Response Team, then forwarded to the Spokane Prosecutors Office for review. In Deputy Prosecutor Driscoll’s analysis, he said it appeared Cairns disregarded officer commands and it appeared he was reaching for a weapon, which later turned out to be a cell phone. All three officers felt he was reaching for a weapon, and felt they, or their fellow officers were in mortal danger, according to a press release.