Suspect killed by SPD recently praised for Horseshoe Lake rescue

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by SHAWN CHITNIS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on April 29, 2014 at 7:26 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 30 at 12:24 AM

SPOKANE, Wash.--The man who was shot and killed by Spokane Police Department officers on Tuesday was recently praised as a hero on Horseshoe Lake in Pend Oreille County.

He was painted as a hero by his girlfriend (not the same woman who was found dead Tuesday in N. Spokane) after he rescued her and a child less than one week before he was killed.

KREM 2 News reported Friday about rescue crews in the air and on the ground trying to save a woman and young child who were stranded for hours at Horseshoe Lake. 

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The man was on a fishing trip with his girlfriend and his young daughter on Thursday night. His girlfriend told KREM 2 News that he was a hero to her. She said he got help after their boat sank. The three swam to shore and the man hiked out to get help. He was gone for hours before crews found the woman and child at the top of a hillside.

READ: SPD officers fatally shot N. Spokane murder suspect

Authorities said the man helped Air One and the Pend Oreille Sheriff’s rescue team find his girlfriend and two-year-old girl stranded off of Horseshoe Lake. The Sheriff’s helicopter used infrared video to find the man’s girlfriend and his daughter.

Law enforcement said the man who helped in that rescue was the same man who was shot and killed Tuesday by police outside of a murder scene where he was the suspect. Witnesses said the man drove up to the seen, into an area blocked off by police, left his vehicle with what appeared to be a gun in his hand, and was shot by officers. 

KREM 2 News asked the Sheriff’s Office in Pend Oreille County if they noticed anything about the man that may have been suspicious. They said nothing seemed out of the ordinary at the time as they worked with him to rescue his girlfriend and daughter.
 

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