Autopsy: No baton strike marks on Creach's body

Autopsy: No baton strike marks on Creach's body

Deputy Brian Hirzel and Scott Creach

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by KREM.com, Marissa Bagg

KREM.com

Posted on October 7, 2010 at 2:51 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 7 at 5:07 PM

SPOKANE -- Spokane County medical examiners completed the autopsy report on a 74-year-old Spokane Valley pastor shot to death by a local sheriff's deputy.

It took five weeks, but now the Spokane County Prosecutor's Office has everything they need to decide whether Deputy Brian Hirzel will face criminal charges for the officer-involved shooting.

Scott Creach was shot and killed the night of August 25 when Deputy Hirzel parked his patrol car at Creach's business, The Plant Farm, for a prowl check. Creach approached Hirzel with a gun, and refused to drop it when Hirzel repeatedly asked. Hirzel told investigators he struck Creach in the knee with his baton, saw Creach reach for his gun, and shot him in the chest.

According to the report, the bullet from Deputy Hirzel's gun hit Creach in the chest, traveled through his heart, lungs and hit his liver. It was found lodged in his lower ribcage.

The report mentions scrapes and bruises consistent with what Creach may have received working at The Plant Farm, but does not mention an injury consistent with a baton strike, which contradicts Hirzel's testimony.

"I'm fairly confident from what I see that they'll act accordingly and bring charges against the officer," Scott's son, Alan Creach, told KREM 2 News Thursday. "There's only one conclusion that can be made here and that's that charges are brought."

Deputy Hirzel returned to work at the Spokane County Sheriff's Office last week after a month on paid administrative leave.

Creach was also a pastor at Greenacres Baptist Church in Spokane Valley.

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