SPD offers clarification on deadly shooting statements


by KREM.com


Posted on March 31, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 1 at 10:07 AM

SPOKANE, Wash.— The Spokane Police Department issued a clarification Monday afternoon about statements Police Chief Frank Straub made hours after a deadly shooting the week prior.

Stephen Corkery was killed during a shooting outside of a home near Maple St. and Grace Ave. on Wednesday night. Officers said Corkery was linked to at least two armed robberies in Spokane.

KREM 2 News was the first to obtain cell phone video of the shooting which was shot by someone from across the street. The video showed officers shooting and killing Corkery less than two seconds after he exited the house on Wednesday evening. Officers said Corkery was armed. It was later determined that the weapon was fake.

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Shortly after the shooting, Chief Straub held a press conference where he made this statement:

“We’re talking to him in the house. We continue to talk to him when he came out of the house.”

Straub said his officers talked to the suspect while he was inside the house using a PA system in an officer's car.

“We switched from the PA system when he was in the house.  When he came out onto the porch, it was, you know, relatively face to face,” Straub said Wednesday night.

However, Chief Straub had not seen the cell phone footage of the shooting yet which showed no negotiations happened outside of the house as previously stated. 

On Monday, SPD leaders released their first clarification since Wednesday night. Here is their statement:

“The officers gave the suspect repeated verbal commands to come out of the residence and surrender peacefully while the suspect was inside the home, visible through the doorway and in close proximity to officers. After a period of negotiations, the suspect came out of the residence on to the front porch with a gun in hand.  The suspect refused to comply with the officers directives to drop the gun.”
KREM 2 News offered to let Straub or SPD officials make an on-camera statement Monday. They declined the offer.

SPD leaders said that officers only negotiated while Corkery was still inside the house and not outside. Officers believed Corkery posed a threat when he exited the house with what looked like a real gun according to authorities.