Nine Mile Falls officer-involved shooting case under review



Posted on September 6, 2013 at 1:11 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 6 at 5:43 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- A fatal shooting case involving police officers back in May has been sent to the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office for review.

The Spokane Regional Incident Response (SIRR) Team completed their investigation into the shooting on May 16 at a home near the 22000 block of West Charles Road.
Investigators said Justin Cairns, 21, was shot by police in Nine Mile Falls.

Police said the incident started around 1:30 a.m. on the 1500 block of West Grace near Maple Street.  A call came into dispatchers reporting a man had been hit by a car.  When officers arrived, they found a man lying in the road with gunshot wounds to the chest.

Medics took the victim, Cyrus Jones, to the hospital with life-threatening injuries but he later died. The Spokane County Medical Examiner ruled his death a homicide. The autopsy report stated that Jones dead from gunshot wounds.
Witnesses told detectives Cairns had gone somewhere with Jones just before Jones was found in the street and 2 or 3 gunshots were heard.

Police then tracked Cairns to a home on Charles Road in Nine Mile Falls. Authorities contacted Cairns outside of the house. Police Chief Frank Straub said Cairns came outside and shut off the lights. Investigators said the man failed to follow commands when he was confronted by the officers.  Officials said Cairns pointed at officers and reached down to his waist, then took off running.

During the incident, shots were fired by the officers. Those shots hit Cairns and he was pronounced dead at the scene. A semi-automatic handgun was found near the scene.

None of the officers involved were injured.

Police Chief Frank Straub said investigators believe the two deceased males knew each other and added the homicide did not appear to be gang related.  He said the two men were also well known to police.