Spokane Co. deputies identified in fatal veteran shooting

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on February 18, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 19 at 11:08 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office released the names of the deputies involved in a fatal shooting of a war veteran.

READ: Man killed in officer involved shooting was student at SFCC 

Investigators said 23-year-old Jed Zillmer was making threats toward law enforcement and led them on a chase into North Idaho then back to Spokane Valley. It ended with shots fired near the Spokane Valley Mall.  Zillmer died in the shooting.

READ: Zillmer died from multiple gunshot wounds 

Involved in the shooting including several deputies with the Spokane County  Sheriff’s Office.

Deputy Brian Hirzel is a 5-year Sheriff’s Office veteran.  He had 17 years of previous law enforcement experience before joining SCSO.  This is not the first fatal shooting Deputy Hirzel has been in involved in.  In 2010, Deputy Hirzel shot and killed 74-year-old Wayne Scott Creach.

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At the time, Creach and his wife were sleeping in their home when Hirzel reportedly drove on to a lot next to their home to work on a report in an unmarked vehicle.

Creach went outside to investigate what he reportedly thought to be a prowler when Hirzel shot him. No criminal charges were filed against Hirzel.

READ: $2 million settlement reached for deadly Scott Creach shooting

Deputy Brett Hubbell is a 14 year Sheriff’s Office veteran and SWAT Team Leader.  He received a Certificate of Appreciation in 2010 for his professional work with a bank robbery investigation.  He is the lead instructor for the Sheriff’s Office Patrol Procedures and has received 10 letters internally documenting his good work and professionalism, according to the Sheriff’s Office.  He also had three years of previous law enforcement experience prior to joining the Sheriff’s Office.

Deputy Jeff Thurman is a 12 year Sheriff’s Office veteran and K9 handler with Laslo.  Authorities said he is the Emergency Vehicle Operations and Control Lead Instructor and Subject Matter Expert for Pursuit Review.  He also serves as a Field Training Officer, Patrol Procedures instructor, and chief tactical Flight Officer for SCSO Air 1.  He received Certificates of Commendation in 2011 and 2012 for excellent work, along with several other letters internally documenting good work and professionalism. 

Deputy Dale Moyer is a year Sheriff’s Office veteran and SWAT Team member.  In 2011, he received the Sheriff’s Star Award for his excellent work and professionalism, according to officials.  He has several documented instances of good work and professionalism on the job.  He is part of the Joint Agency Drug Task Force detective, Field Training Officer, Patrol Procedures Instructor and Citizens on Patrol Instructor for Kootenai County. 

Deputy Ryan Walter is a 7 year Sheriff’s Office veteran and SWAT Team member.  He has received over 10 letters internally documenting his good work and professionalism.  He had two years of previous law enforcement experience before joining SCSO.

Deputy Randy Watts has been with the Sheriff’s Office for 10 months.  Prior to joining SCSO, he served in the U.S. Navy as a Helicopter Systems Operator-Search and Rescue Swimmer. 

The SIRR Team’s investigation of the incident is ongoing.
 

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