Witnesses describe fatal officer-involved shooting




Posted on August 22, 2013 at 6:15 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 22 at 6:21 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Most witnesses to Thursday morning's officer involved shooting had a bird's eye view of the scene that unfolded when Spokane Police fatally shot Daniel Jones.

Jones was shot by officers when he allegedly rammed his vehicle into marked police cars and tried to run over officers. He died at the hospital according to SPD.

One witness said that although he was shocked by the crime scene in his backyard, he was not surprised.

WATCH: Jones' father speaks to KREM 2 News

"I woke up to what sounded like a big giant bang and shortly after I heard gunshots," the witness, who asked to remain anonymous, told KREM 2 News. He said the shooting was so loud that it woke him up.

"Once you seen the yellow tape going up then you knew something was wrong," he added.


WATCH: Police describe investigation

Officers' bullets shot through the driver's side door of Jones' vehicle in the parking lot of the Salvation Army where he lived with his family. Jones is suspected of ramming his vehicle into police cars.

"I'm never surprised by anything that's going on down here anymore. You got car prowlings all the time down here. Crime big time," the witness said.

PHOTOS: Investigators at the crimes scene

Another neighbor said he was not aware of the incident until he watched our news coverage.

"I was surprised when I woke up," said Trenton Zoobkoff, who lives near The Salvation Army. "My parents phoned me from Canada and said, 'Hey, you're on the news. Check out your neighborhood.' I looked outside. There were police cars and a lot of commotion."