Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Just 32 minutes after accusing KREM reporter Marissa Bagg of trespassing at the home of Deputy Brian Herzel, Spokane County Sheriff spokesman Dave Reagan is eating crow.
He says, in another press release:
Subsequent to the earlier e-mail regarding KREM's visit to the Hirzel residence in North Idaho, I have reviewed their video and what was described as trespassing was not. The reporter, Marissa Bagg, walked to the front door of the home and knocked while her videographer filmed from the end of the walkway. Marissa received no answer at the home and interviewed a neighbor instead. Based on what the children told Kootenai County deputies, the kids were obviously shaken and may have overstated the event in recounting it to deputies. Marissa and her editor have assured me that they approached the story (and home) respectfully, and the video bears that out.
As stated previously, this officer-involved shooting has affected many in the community, including those of us who are interested in helping Deputy Hirzel and his family through what may be a lengthy investigation.