Stevens Co. deputy recovering from his injuries

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by SHAWN CHITNIS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on March 26, 2014 at 10:37 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 26 at 10:40 PM

STEVENS COUNTY, Wash.--A Steven’s County detective wounded by a shotgun blast was out of the hospital on Wednesday.

It happened a little after 6:00 p.m. Tuesday in the small town of Rice, Washington.

A spokesman for the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office said the detective had just arrived at the location on a disturbance call when the suspect immediately opened fire with a shotgun when the detective got out of his patrol car.

READ: Stevens Co. deputy injured by shotgun blast in deadly shootout

The detective was hit in the hand and ear. The detective fired back, hitting and killing the suspect, according to authorities.

The detective was identified as Duane Johnson. Johnson said he was recovering from his injuries.

Neighbors considered Johnson a friend and said they are not surprised at all by what happened to the suspect.

Neighbors said they were shocked to see more than a dozen patrol cars Tuesday night along a stretch of Scott Road.

"The same could be said for any number of the homes around here. If someone would have fired on a homeowner here, it would have been the same results,” said neighbor Russ McKinnon.

McKinnon said he knows Deputy Johnson. He said he feels safe knowing someone in the Sheriff’s Office lives nearby.

"He's a great guy, he's an asset to the community. He's not just law enforcement, he's a friend to many people in the community,” said McKinnon.

The suspect killed in the shooting does not live at the house. The people at the home Wednesday refused comment to KREM 2 News.

McKinnon said they are good neighbors.

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