SPOKANE, Wash.-- An officer invovled shooting in June 2012 was ruled justified Thursday, according to the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office.
On June 17, 2012, Spokane Police Officer R. Van Tassel responded to a call of a man with a shotgun, on the 1900 block of E. Mission, possibly shooting at someone.
According to officials, when Officer Van Tassel arrived on scene he saw a male subject, later identified as 24-year-old Jesse Johnson, yelling and pointing at someone on the front porch of the residence. Officer Van Tassel also saw Johnson was holding what appeared to be a long rifle in his right hand.
As Officer Van Tassel approached Johnson, he watched Johnson raise the rifle to shoulder level and point it at the individual on the porch. Officer Van Tassel fired one round from his firearm striking Johnson. Officer Van Tassel requested medics immediately and Johnson eventually recovered from his wounds.
This week, the Spokane County Prosecutor's Office found the shooting to be justified. Johnson has been charged with multiple counts of controlled substance and firearm crimes.