Slowed cell phone video shows deadly SPD shooting



Posted on March 27, 2014 at 3:15 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 28 at 2:39 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.—Steven Charles Corkery, 30, was the man who died during a Spokane Police Department shooting on Wednesday night. On Thursday, the Spokane County Medical Examiner said Corkery died from gunshot wounds.

KREM 2 News slowed down cell phone video to show the sequence of events during a deadly Spokane Police Department shooting.

Corkery was fatally shot outside of a home near Maple and Grace around 7:00 p.m. Wednesday.  A friend who lives at the home told KREM 2 News she believed he was trying to commit suicide when he walked out of the home with a firearm. She maintained that the firearm was fake.

Bystanders caught the shooting on their cell phones from across the street.
The video is quick, so KREM 2 News slowed it down to show a better look at the suspect’s and officer’s actions. Here is what the video time code showed in seconds:

PHOTOS: Frame by frame look at the cell video 

  • 00:00: Start of the video


  • 00:26: Corkery opens door to the house and starts to take his first step with something in his right hand. Officers can be heard yelling. *Witnesses later told KREM 2 News they heard the officer yell “drop it.”


  • 00:87: Corkery's right arm appears down.


  • 00:92: Corkery's right arm appears to rise slightly. His right forearm appears parallel with the ground and one one foot is out of the door.


  • 01:22: Corkery appears to lower his right arm.


  • 01:30: Corkery's left leg has taken a step forward.


  • 01:45: Corkery's right arm appears down and his left leg begins to come forward. His right arm appears by his side


  • 01:50: First officer shot heard.

The above video analysis was done by KREM 2 News. The official law enforcement investigation remains in the early stages.


Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub said officers made contact with the Baskin-Robbins armed robbery suspect just before 7:00 p.m. Wednesday at a house near Maple and Grace.

Straub told the media that the man inside the house, Corkery,  spotted them and began talking to them through a screen door. Officers were in the process of getting a search warrant for the house at that time according to Straub.

He added that his officers talked to the suspect while he was inside the house via 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.

Officers said they gave Corkery repeated verbal commands to come out of the house and surrender peacefully.

Investigators said the suspect refused to comply with the officers directives to surrender. Police said officers believed the suspect posed a threat to the safety of other officers and the community and fired their weapons. It was not known if the suspect made threats to police that he would come out of the home shooting.

However, the SPD description seemed to differ from witness accounts.

KREM 2 News made SPD leaders aware of the video and asked for a comment Thursday morning on the differing accounts.  An SPD spokesperson replied and stated that Chief Straub would be the person who would comment on the video from SPD.

KREM 2 News had not received a comment on the witness video from Chief Straub or the lead investigative agencies as of Thursday at 3:00 p.m.