Ruling: Officer-involved shooting at West Wynn Motel justified

Officials recount officer-involved shooting at West Wynn Motel

SPOKANE, Wash. – The officer-involved shooting at the West Wynn Motel on May 2, 2016 was justified, according to the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office.

The announcement was made on July 5. No criminal charges will be filed against SPD officers. 

Police officials recounted the shooting at a press conference on Wednesday. 

Police responded to the motel for a domestic violence report involving a gun and knife around 3:30 p.m. on May 2. When the call initially came in, the suspect, Aaron Johnson, told dispatch someone was trying to kill him with a gun. 

On Wednesday, Spokane Police officials said Johnson was set up to shoot officers when they arrived on scene. 

“Mr. Johnson suffered from mental illness and he had planned the event to create a situation where officers were forced to use deadly force,” said Spokane Police Captain Traci Meidl.

At the press conference, Meidl and Lieutenant Steve Wohl explained exactly what officers walked into. 

Meidl said SPD officers Anderson and Phillips arrived on scene and found a door cracked open.

Wohl said Phillips looked into the room and saw a person pointing a gun.

Officers changed position to create distance and Johnson exited the room with a gun outstretched in a shooting position, according to officials.

Wohl said Phillips was concerned about his safety and the safety of others at the motel.

That was when police fired shots at Johnson.

Officials confirmed Johnson was provided first aid and his firearm was recovered. It was not until then that the gun was determined to be a BB gun.

SPD officials said they found a suicide note during their search. 

Johnson survived the shooting and is now in the county jail. 

The officer involved shooting at the West Wynn was the third within a week for the Spokane Police Department. . 

(© 2016 KREM)


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