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Spokane Medical Examiner says car prowling suspect shot himself during police encounter

The suspect was armed and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Spokane Police Department.
Credit: Spokane Police Department
Officer Brandon Roy

SPOKANE, Wash. — Investigators are releasing new details on a shooting that left a suspect dead Sunday night. Authorities also identified the officer who fired at the suspect.

Spokane Police Officer Brandon Roy was identified as the officer involved in a shooting of a suspected car prowler.

According to the Spokane Independent Investigative Response Team (SIIR), Roy has been placed on administrative leave. 

Police said on April 17 around 3:30 a.m. officers responded to a call of a suspected car prowling near South Cannon Street. A victim reported a white man broke into his vehicle and the suspect pointed a gun at him when he went to confront him. The suspect has been identified by police as 38-year-old Vadim A. Grishchuk.

Police said when officers arrived, the suspect pointed the gun at police after they gave him orders and fired a shot, then the officers fired back. 

Police said once it was safe, they began life-saving efforts but the suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Spokane County Medical Examiner ruled Grishchuk's death a suicide caused by a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

SIIR investigators said they found a loaded handgun when looking for evidence. 

No officers were injured in the incident.