SPD names officers involved in deadly Nine Mile Falls shooting


by KREM.com


Posted on May 20, 2013 at 6:29 PM

Updated Monday, May 20 at 6:41 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Court documents released Monday named the three officers involved in a deadly shooting on May 16th in North Spokane.  Two of the officers were involved in deadly shootings before.

Investigators said the officers shot and killed Justin Cairns, 21, in Nine Mile Falls. Officers followed Cairns to the area when he allegedly shot and killed a man near the 1500 block of West Grace near Maple Street.

Officers Adam Valdez, Dan Lesser, and Jake Jensen were all put on administrative leave pending the investigation. Officers Adam Valdez and Dan Lesser were involved in previous officer-involved shootings in Spokane. 

Officer Dan Lesser was involved in four separate, shootings prior to the deadly May 16th shooting. Lesser shot and killed James E. Rogers in September 2011 near Seventh and Hatch. Detectives said Rogers was shot and killed during an armed confrontation with police.  The suicidal man was fleeing officers at his workplace when he crashed his van and refused repeated requests to disarm himself and surrender.

Lesser shot and killed another suspect in 2009. Lesser chased after and shot the man who intentionally shot Var his K-9 partner. Spokane Police Department leaders said Lesser was involved in two other shootings. Police said incidents have been reviewed and cleared by the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office.

Lesser received Chief’s Citation Award and the Lifesaving Award during his 18 year career.
Officer Adam Valdez was involved in a deadly South Spokane shooting in February. Investigators with the Washington State Patrol said the six-year veteran shot and killed Jacob I. Dorfman during a pursuit. Dorman died at the scene near 8th and Adams. An autopsy showed that the 52-year-old died from gunshot wounds. Valdez is a seven year veteran.

Officer Jake Jensen is a 12 year veteran. He previously received Chief’s Citation Award and the Medal of Merit
Police said the three officers involved in this incident are part of specialized units including K-9, SWAT and TAC.