SPOKANE, Wash. -- Spokane Police Major Crimes detectives were investigating the death of a Liberty Lake Police Department member early Friday.
According to authorities, Sgt. Clint Gibson’s SUV crashed into a couple trees along Francis Ave. before coming to rest in a parking lot.
Officers blocked off the area around W. Francis Ave. and N. Madison St. following the crash.
Authorities told KREM 2 News Sgt. Gibson was found dead inside the vehicle with a self-inflicted gunshot wound when police arrived at the scene.
Detectives are not sure if the crash or the gun shot happened first.
Liberty Lake Police Chief Brian Asmus issued a statement about Gibson’s death that said, “This is a tremendous loss for the Liberty Lake Police Department, the City of Liberty Lake, the region, and the law enforcement community. Sgt. Gibson was an outstanding officer, sergeant, and law enforcement leader. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends, and our department is grieving his loss. The outpouring of well wishes, and support from members of our community, family and friends, and law enforcement representatives throughout the state, demonstrates Sgt. Gibson’s tremendous positive impact on others.”
Leaders of the Liberty Lake Police Department said Sgt. Gibson had been with the department since April 2002. He worked as a patrol officer and was promoted to patrol sergeant in 2007.
Police Chief Asmus said Sgt. Gibson had great potential and could have been Liberty Lake's next police chief when he left.