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The Spokane Valley Police Department is operated by the county Sheriff's Office.
A Spokane Valley Sheriff's deputy shot a man who had been making threats to harm himself yesterday. The man ignored multiple commands from police to drop the gun that he was holding, according to a news release.
The man, identified by the Spokesman-Review
as Justin Klauba, was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The deputy who shot the man has not been identified.
Around 2 am Monday, deputies were sent to the Spokane Valley home to check on Klauba, who was threatening to harm himself via text message, according to a Spokane Police Department news release.
Klauba's father-in-law, Larry Everett, tells the Spokesman-Review
that Klauba was shot in the hand in the incident, and is undergoing surgery at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center.
Spokane Police Department detectives will investigate the shooting as a part of the Spokane Investigative Regional Response Team.
This is at least the fifth officer-involved shooting involving Spokane law enforcement in 2017. Two of the incidents were fatal. And in March, Sheriff's Office Sgt. Harold Whapeles was shot by Dean Bellamy
, after officers responded to a domestic violence call. Whapeles survived. Bellamy did not, though it's unclear whether he was shot by police or committed suicide