SPD: suspect in officer-involved shooting expected to survive

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on January 16, 2014 at 10:34 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 17 at 10:56 AM

SPOKANE, Wash.  -- Officers shot and tased a man Thursday night in Spokane near Truth Ministries at Sprague and Napa.

One witness inside said the suspect was denied a bed and then became angry.

Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub said the man was armed with a knife. The man allegedly threatened people inside Truth Ministries according to Chief Straub.

Truth Ministries Director Marty McKinney said he watched the whole incident play out on a video recording taken at the desk.  He said the man had been staying there for a little less than a week, and while he had a previously noted temper, last night his behavior was intensified as he held the knife.

"So [police] told him they had to leave...and he was swinging it [the knife] above his head. [It was] pretty vulgar and threatening, very threatening,” said McKinney.  “They got him outside the door and he was still doing stuff outside, saying stuff outside - threats - so the police were called."

Officers arrived on the scene and tased the man. Straub said the man ignored commands to drop the knife, continued to move toward officers and was shot. The man was rushed to a local hospital but is expected to survive.  

Troopers with the Washington State Patrol will investigate the shooting.

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