Deputy, suspect identified in Grant County officer involved shooting



Posted on August 23, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 4 at 8:02 PM

GRANT COUNTY, Wash.-- Grant County officials released the name of the officer involved in a shooting Tuesday.

Grant County Sheriff's Office Corporal Allan Sleeper, 58, fired his sidearm Tuesday morning, injuring Corey L. Minatani, 39, a domestic violence suspect.

Around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, Corporal Sleeper and other Deputies were dispatched to a report of a verbal domestic violence in progress at a home in the 9300 block of Viewcrest Drive Southeast. While enroute, Deputies were told the call had been upgraded to a physical domestic violence and that children were inside the home.

Corporal Sleeper arrived first and was met in front of the house by Minatani's wife who was injured and covered in blood. She told Sleeper that Minatani was inside the home and had cut her with a knife. Sleeper was also told Minatani was a martial arts expert.

Sleeper entered the home and found Minatani inside a bathroom. Sleeper waited outside the bathroom and spoke with Minatani while waiting for additional officers to arrive. Minatani told Sleeper he was armed with a knife, and he wasn't going to put it down.

Minatani then showed Sleeper he was armed with a large sharp-point carving knife and a large sharp-tined serving fork. Minatani refused Sleeper's repeated demands to drop the weapons. Minatani then advanced to within several feet of Sleeper before Sleeper fired one shot from his .40-caliber sidearm, striking Minatani in the chest and knocking him to the floor.

Sleeper then called on his radio reporting that he had shot the Minatani.

Minatani continued to resist arrest, and fought with responding officers as they tried to render aid. Minatani was restrained and transported by ambulance to Samaritan Hospital in Moses Lake. He was later transported to a Spokane hospital for treatment of a single gunshot wound to the chest.

Investigators served a search warrant on the residence Tuesday afternoon and processed the scene of the incident. They also conducted several interviews.

Minatani remains hospitalized in Spokane under the security of a Grant County Sheriff's Deputy. Minatani is in stable condition. He will be booked into the Grant County Jail upon release from the hospital.

The investigation is continuing.

Sleeper began his law enforcement career in Kansas in 1989. He worked for the Royal City Police Department from 1993 until 1997, and for the Quincy Police Department from 1997 to 1998 before being hired as a Grant County Sheriff's Deputy in 1998. Sleeper was promoted to Corporal in 2002.