Family says officer involved shooting victim had PTSD

Family says officer involved shooting victim had PTSD

Family says officer involved shooting victim had PTSD

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on October 25, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 25 at 12:43 PM

STEVENS COUNTY-- The officers involved in a fatal shooting in Stevens County on October 19th have been identified.

On Friday evening, two Stevens County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a residence near the area of Long Praire and Deer Creek Road on a suicidal call.

When they arrived on scene they confronted 66-year-old John Peterson outside his residence holding a firearm. Peterson was on the phone with Stevens County 911 operators when the two deputies arrived on scene.
 
Stevens County Sheriff's Deputy Travis Frizzell and Reserve Deputy Nick Wolfe responded to the call.
 
Deputy Frizzell and Wolfe identified themselves to Peterson immediately and Deputy Frizzell proceeded to give commands to Peterson. 

Peterson did not follow Deputy Frizzell's commands according to officials. Peterson turned towards Reserve Deputy Wolfe and pointed a firearm at him.  Reserve Deputy Wolfe fired one round, fatally wounding Peterson.

Deputy Frizzell has been employed with the Stevens County Sheriff's Office for over five years and was previously employed with the Chewelah Police Department for three years.  Reserve Deputy Wolfe has been employed with the Stevens County Sheriff's Office for eight months.
 
The Spokane Investigative Regional Response Team is investigating the shooting.

Once their investigation is complete, the case will be forwarded to the Stevens County Prosecutor's Office for review.

According to a statement from Peterson's family, he suffered the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder.

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