Oct. 31, 2009 | Two Seattle police officers shot, one fatally; suspected shooter shot and wounded

According to The Seattle Times, Seattle police officers Timothy Brenton and Britt Sweeney were ambushed when somebody pulled up next to their patrol car and opened fire. According to KOMO, the suspected shooter, Christopher J. Monfort, 41, was shot by three Seattle detectives when he flashed a handgun.

Nov. 28, 2009 | Donald Lafavor shot and wounded by Spokane County Sheriff's deputies

According to the Spokesman-Review, while responding to a domestic violence complaint, Dep. Ryan Walter and Dep. Rustin Olson (see Oct. 24, 2010) fired a total of 11 rounds at Donald Lafavor, 65, after Lafavor had pointed a gun out the door. The deputies had not identified themselves as law enforcement.

Nov. 29, 2009 | Four police officers fatally shot; shooter Maurice Clemmons shot and killed two days later by a Seattle police officer

According to Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor, four Lakewood Police officers — Mark Renninger, Tina Griswold, Ronald Owens, and Greg Richards — were ambushed and killed in a Parkland coffee shop in Lakewood, Wash. Less than 48 hours later, according to the Seattle Times, the gunman, a 37-year-old mentally disturbed felon named Maurice Clemmons, was shot and killed by a Seattle police officer. Clemmons, the officer said, was armed, refused commands to stop and reached toward a gun before the officer fired.

Dec. 21, 2009 | Two Pierce County officers shot, one fatally; shooter David Crable shot and killed

According to the Seattle Times, Pierce County Sheriff Dep. Kent Mundell and Sgt. Nick Hausner were investigating a family violence call in Eatonville, Wash., when David Crable, 35, opened fire on the deputies as his 16-year-old daughter tried to pull away the gun. The deputies returned fire, killing Crable.

Dec. 27, 2009 | Michael Young shot and wounded by Spokane Sheriff’s deputies

According to KHQ, two deputies, Scott Bonney and Darell Stidham, surrounded the house of Michael Young, 55, who threatened to commit suicide with a semi-automatic pistol. When he started to raise his gun toward the deputies, they fired. According to KREM, Young doesn’t remember pointing the gun at the deputies. (He claims he was too drunk.) The shooting was ruled justified by the prosecutor’s office.

March 26, 2010 | Todd White shot and killed by a Spokane police officer

According to a Spokane sheriff’s office press release, officers Trevor Nollmeyer and Dion Mason were called to a neighborhood by reports that White, a 46-year-old felon, was carrying a gun. White fired four shots at officers from a semi-automatic laser-sighted gun. Nollmeyer returned fire, shooting White twice.

Aug. 25, 2010 | Wayne “Scott” Creach shot and killed by a Spokane sheriff’s deputy

In a recorded statement, Deputy Brian Hirzel says he was in his unmarked car investigating a report of prowling when he pulled into the parking lot near the greenhouse owned by Pastor Wayne “Scott” Creach. Hirzel says Creach approached him holding a gun. Hirzel says Creach refused to drop his gun, back up or get to the ground. Hirzel says he hit Creach in the knee with his baton, and when Creach reached for a gun, Hirzel shot him.

Sept. 16, 2010 | Sean Houlihan shot and wounded by Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies

According to KXLY, two Sheriff’s deputies, Thad Schultz and David Westlake, responded to reports of shots fired and found Sean Houlihan, 36, with a gun, which he refused to put down. The deputies shot and wounded him.

Sept. 24, 2010 | Keamia Powell shot and wounded by Washington State Patrol detective

According to Spokane County Sheriff press releases, Washington State Patrol detective Sgt. Lee Slemp, investigating crack cocaine suppliers, shot Keamia Powell, 24, in the shoulder. According to the Spokesman, Slemp said it was an accident. Powell, who was 39 weeks pregnant, gave birth shortly after being shot.

Oct. 24, 2010 | Quentin Dodd shot and killed by a Spokane Sheriff’s deputy

According to a Spokane Police press release, Quentin Dodd, a 50-year-old man had been threatening his roommates with a crude obsidian “knife.” Deputies Rustin Olson and Todd Miller confronted Dodd. The deputies say Dodd repeatedly screamed, “Shoot me”; threatened to stab the deputies; and then charged at Olson. Olson fired his weapon three times, killing Dodd. According to the Spokesman, a July police report taken after Dodd had tried to kill himself by laying on train tracks quoted Dodd as saying he “didn’t want to live anymore.”

Nov. 12, 2010 | Ethan Corporon shot and killed by six Spokane police officers

According to a Spokane sheriff’s office press release, six police officers responded reports of multiple shotgun rounds being fired at a home on West Buckeye Avenue. Officers halted the pickup truck of Ethan Corporon, 29, near the Shari’s restaurant at Monroe and Indiana. Corporon exited his truck while carrying a shotgun and refused to drop his weapon. When it looked like he was going to run into Shari’s, the officers fired a total of 26 shots at him. He died at the scene, of two gunshot wounds.

Dec. 4, 2010 | Jeremy Groom shot and killed by Spokane police officers

According to a Spokane County Sheriff’s press release, two Spokane police officers, Zac Storment and Chris Douville, responded to reports of an armed man at the Special K tavern in Hillyard. When police arrived, they found Groom pointing the gun at his friend, Robert Thompson Jr. The Spokesman quotes witnesses — including Thompson — saying that police shot Groom too quickly after asking him to drop the gun.

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Daniel Walters

A lifelong Spokane native, Daniel Walters is the Inlander's senior investigative reporter. But he also reports on a wide swath of other topics, including business, education, real estate development, land use, and other stories throughout North Idaho and Spokane County.He's reported on deep flaws in the Washington...