Straub shows up early to officer-involved shooting

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by KREM.com & Whitney Ward

KREM.com

Posted on February 5, 2013 at 6:41 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 5 at 7:21 PM

SPOKANE -- Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub wasted no time showing his support for the officers involved in a deadly shooting on Spokane’s lower South Hill.

Early Tuesday, just a few hours after police shot a pursuit suspect, Straub praised the bravery of the officers.

“They put their lives in danger to protect the public,” Straub said.

This was the first officer-involved shooting in the Spokane Police Department since the Chief took over four months ago.

Even as he praised the officers’ bravery, Straub called the shooting tragic.

“This is happening too much, both in our community and the nation,” he said.

From the very beginning, Straub said he wanted to restore public trust in his department and his officers.

After Tuesday morning’s statement, the Chief said he will retreat as state troopers continue their investigation.

Multiple officers are now on paid leave for at least three days, and possibly more, depending on the results of the investigation.
 

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