Monday, August 29, 2011

Dodd shooting justified, prosecutor says

Posted on Mon, Aug 29, 2011 at 1:57 PM

Spokane county prosecutors have determined that last year's shooting death of Quentin Dodd by a sheriff's deputy was justified.

According to a press release, Chief Deputy Prosecutor Jack Driscoll determined that Deputy Rustin Olson was justified in shooting Dodd, who, according to officials, charged at the deputy with a knife during an encounter on Oct. 24, 2010.

Olson, along with Deputy Todd Miller, were responding to a call at a Spokane Valley halfway house where Dodd lived. The owner had called police, saying that Dodd had cut himself after a fight with the tenants. He was armed with a sharp piece of obsidian when he confronted police.

Officials say Dodd committed "suicide by cop," and yelled "shoot me" to the officers who confronted him. He was shot three times after charging at Olson, who had warned him to drop the weapon.

Dodd was one of four people shot to death by law enforcement in a four-month span last year.

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