SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. – The man who was shot by police Wednesday after officials said he charged deputies who were responding to a fire Spokane Valley motel has been identified in court documents.
Michael Kruze, 41, is accused of setting a fire at the Motel 6 on North Hutchinson Road early Wednesday morning, according to court records.
Fire crews were called to the motel around 3:30 a.m. While crews were trying to enter Kruze’s room, Spokane County deputies and Spokane Valley firefighters were confronted by Kruze, who was armed with a knife, court documents said. Deputies confronted him and he told the deputies to shoot him, documents stated. Officials said Kruze refused to obey commands to drop the knife and at some point deputies shot him.
Court records said at least four deputies were involved in the shooting and one was believed to be armed with less lethal munition.
Kruze is being investigated for second degree assault and first degree arson. He has not been booked into jail.
Kruze was transported to the hospital. He underwent surgery on Wednesday.
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