Thursday, February 13, 2014

SIRR investigators release new details in Valley deputy-involved shooting

Posted By on Thu, Feb 13, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Investigators today released some new details in the fatal officer-involved shooting of Jedadiah Zillmer in Spokane Valley on Tuesday night, indicating six deputies fired on the 23-year-old man who authorities say was armed with multiple firearms at the time.
SIRR investigators release new details in Valley deputy-involved shooting

Zillmer, a former U.S. Army cavalry soldier, reportedly led police on a pursuit along Interstate-90 to Coeur d'Alene and back to Spokane Valley before Spokane County Sheriff's deputies stopped his vehicle near the Spokane Valley Mall and he was killed.

A news release from the Spokane Investigative Regional Response Team, which will oversee the case, says detectives have finished processing the scene at Indiana and Sullivan. Authorities say officers from multiple agencies observed the deadly confrontation.

"Zillmer was holding one gun at the time of the shooting," a SIRR news release states. "Two additional weapons were located on his person. Additionally, Zillmer was wearing a ballistic-style vest."

Investigators say six deputies fired their service weapons. Those deputies have not yet been identified. SIRR investigators continue to interview deputies and other witnesses.

Detectives reported seeing additional weapons visible in Zillmer's vehicle, but plan to search the vehicle in the coming days.

Investigators ask anyone with information on the incident to contact Crime Check at 456-2233.

The multi-agency SIRR Team includes investigators from the Spokane Police Department, the Spokane County Sheriff's Office and the Washington State Patrol. The team responses to officer-involved fatalities to provide independent investigation into incidents involving neighboring agencies.

Because the Sheriff's Office was the primary agency in Tuesday's shooting, the Spokane Police Department will head the investigation.

This is the second officer-involved shooting in the Spokane area since the beginning of the year. On Jan. 16, Aaron Johnson was shot by SPD officers during a confrontation outside Truth Ministries. Johnson is expected to recover. 

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