Washington State Patrol investigating SPD-involved shooting


by KREM.com


Posted on January 17, 2014 at 2:20 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 17 at 8:17 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.--The Washington State Patrol is the agency assigned to look into a Spokane Police Department officer involved shooting from Thursday night.

The Spokane Investigative Regional Response Team (SIRR Team) is currently conducting the investigation.  The Washington State Patrol will be the managing agency for the incident.  The SIRR team is composed of members of the Washington State Patrol, Spokane County Sherriff’s Office, and the Spokane Police Department.

The Spokane Police Department said on Friday they would release the names of the officers involved in the incident in the following days.

The suspect, 29 year old Aaron Johnson, was charged with second degree assault and remained hospitalized at Sacred Heart Medical Center on Friday.

The case will be forwarded to the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office once the investigation by the Washington State Patrol is complete.

The Spokane Police Department responded to Truth Ministries after receiving a 911 call about a man with a weapon.  Officers attempted to calm Johnson and get him to drop his knife.  Officers tased Johnson, but it did not stop him. Johnson continued to advance towards an officer.

Two officers then fired their weapons and shot Johnson.

Johnson had allegedly threatened people inside Truth Ministries.

He was expected to survive.