Tuesday, March 29, 2016

No criminal charges in self-defense shooting death

Posted By on Tue, Mar 29, 2016 at 10:35 AM

click to enlarge No criminal charges in self-defense shooting death
Spokane County prosecutors led by Larry Haskell decided a recent home-invasion shooting was justified.

A north Spokane man will not face criminal charges in the shooting death of another man who he feared would break into his home, according to a news release from Spokane County prosecutor Larry Haskell's office. 

Around 10 pm January 30, 2016, Jerry King wandered through traffic at W. Francis Avenue and N. Assembly Street, eventually approaching the home of Kevin and Christina Elliot, who were watching TV. King was drunk and had been smoking marijuana, according an autopsy report. 

King, 39, who was living two doors down from the Elliotts at the time he was shot, was yelling outside their home, prompting Kevin Elliott to get his gun.

The two men traded threats, and Kevin Elliott demanded King remove himself from the porch. King ignored the instruction and attempted to break down the glass storm door, according to Kevin Elliott. He then fired once, striking King in the chest, killing him. King was unarmed. 

County prosecutors opted not to charge Kevin Elliott, saying he "was in his own home and had no duty to retreat." 

King's family does not agree with the prosecutor's decision not to file charges, the Spokesman-Review is reporting

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Mitch Ryals

Mitch covers cops, crime and courts for the Inlander. He moved to Spokane in 2015 from his hometown of St. Louis, and is a graduate of the University of Missouri. He likes bikes, beer and baseball. And coffee. He dislikes lemon candy, close-mindedness and liars. And temperatures below 40 degrees.