SPOKANE, Wash. -- Spokane police confirmed police officers shot and killed a suspect at the Shadle Walmart Wednesday afternoon.
Spokane Police Chief Craig Meidl held a press conference at the scene and explained that a carjacking took place just North of Crestline Street and Lincoln Street Monday. The carjacking suspect shot the driver of the car who is still in the hospital. Since then, police have been searching for the suspect.
On Wednesday around 5:00 p.m., Spokane police officers noticed a car that matched the stolen car's description. Officers noticed the car was occupied. The person who stole the car had a gun when he did it, so officers believed the occupant of the car was armed.
Meidl said the officers blocked the vehicle in to reduce the risk to the community. Meidl went on to explain an armed female passenger got out of the car, but cooperated with officers. Meidl said the male driver stayed in the car and was not listening to commands, so officers fired their weapons at the him. The driver succumbed to his injuries. The female passenger was detained.
"Do you let this individual leave...knowing that they shot someone two days ago multiple times, and they're still in the hospital," said Meidl.
Witnesses told KREM 2 News police had some sort of confrontation with a suspect and they heard two gunshots. Meidl confirmed the officers did fire two shots at the driver.
A large portion of the Walmart parking lot was shut down and about two dozen police officers were on scene. Police asked the public to avoid the area, especially the parking lot if possible. Officials are expected to be on the scene for several more hours.
The officers involved in the shooting have been placed on routine paid leave administration until an internal investigation conducted by the Spokane County Sheriff's Office concludes.
Security cameras are pointed throughout the Walmart parking lot. One officer was also wearing a body camera, these records will be gone over by investigators to determine if the officers acted correctly when they shot the suspect.
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.
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