SPD releases body cam footage of House of Charity shooting

Video courtesy of SPD.

SPOKANE, Wash. --  Spokane Police released body camera footage on Tuesday from an officer involved shooting back on April 28.

Michael S. Kurtz, 45, died of two gunshot wounds to the head, according to the Spokane County Medical Examiner.

Spokane police were called to Pacific and State Street to a report of a suicidal man. Officials said three officers arrived on scene and attempted to make contact with Kurtz.

Kurtz turned to face the officers and was holding a knife to his chest, according to police.

Authorities said officers attempted to talk to Kurtz and he started to walk toward the officers with the knife. One officer was able to use his taser but it was ineffective, according to police.

In the video, Kurtz is seen holding the knife to his chest and yelling something to the effect of "kill me" at officers.

Kurtz continue toward the officers and two fired their weapons, hitting Kurtz, according to officials.    

Then on June 21, the Spokane County Prosecutor's Office cleared Officers Ryan Akins and Brandon Lynch of any criminal charges in connection to the shooting. 

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