Spokane County Sheriff's Office

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  • Address: 1100 West Mallon, Spokane, 99260 WA
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Spokane County Sheriff's Office is located at 1100 West Mallon, Spokane, 99260 WA. The Spokane County Sheriff's Office phone number is (509) 477-2240.

Spokane County Sheriff's Office News

UPDATE: Timmy J. Wright has been located and he is safe. ### Missing Adult: Timmy J. Wright Spokane Valley Deputies are attempting to locate 41-year-old Timmy J. Wright. Wright’s family explained they are very concerned for his welfare due to his unexplained absence and medical needs. Wright was last seen on September 14, 2018, at approximately 11:00 a.m., at his residence located in the 600 block of N. Best and has not been seen or heard from since. His family explains this is not normal behavior for Wright and it does not appear he took his needed prescribed medications when he left. Wright is described as a white male, 5’07”, approximately 160 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. If you have seen Timmy J. Wright, or know of his location, you are asked to contact Crime Check at 509-456-2233 and reference #10130960.

UPDATE: Detectives Identify Suspect With your help, Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Investigative Task Force (ITF) Detectives have identified the second suspect in the photos as 38-year-old Scott E. Huston. Huston, who is already being held in the Spokane County Jail for several unrelated felony charges, now faces several additional felony charges in connection with this investigation. We would like to thank everyone who shared this information and/or provided tips which allowed ITF Detectives to quickly identify Huston. ### Original Release from September 14, 2018: Who is this Male? Detectives Identify One Burglary Suspect and Request Your Help Identifying Second Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Investigative Task Force (ITF) Detective Lloyd Hixson would like your help identifying the male suspect in these photos. The male is suspected of burglarizing or having information regarding the burglary of multiple storage units in July of this year at North Point Mini-Storage located at 10411 N. Nevada. Ten storage units were burglarized leading to the theft of six firearms and additional property/jewelry. Detective Hixson obtained surveillance video from the business and identified one suspect as 43-year-old Eric J. Petrin, an 18-time convicted felon. Last week, Detectives Hixson contacted Petrin at the Spokane County Jail where he was being held on unrelated felony charges. Petrin, who potentially faces several additional felony charges stemming from this case, declined to answer questions, invoking his right to council. ITF Detectives would like your help identifying the male in these pictures as they continue to conduct this active investigation and work to recover the stolen property/firearms. If you can help identify the male in these pictures, have information regarding this crime or the stolen property/firearms, you are urged to contact Detective Hixson at 509-477-2709, reference #10095256.

Detectives Ask for Your Help Identifying Female Found in River Spokane County Sheriff’s Major Crimes Detectives, working with the Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office are attempting to identify the deceased adult female recovered from the Spokane River on September 15, 2018 and are requesting your help. Attempts to identify the recovered female thus far have not been successful. She is a white female with dark hair and was wearing the pictured clothing. If you can assist Detectives after viewing these photos or have any information regarding this investigation, you are urged to call Detective Mike Drapeau at 509-477-6921 reference #10130020. ### Body Discovered in Spokane River Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a reported body found in the Spokane River, east of Harvard Road in Spokane County. On September 15, 2018, at approximately 11:20 a.m., a passerby reported finding a body, off the shoreline, in the Spokane River east of Harvard Rd. Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies and Spokane Valley Fire personnel responded to the scene and confirmed the report. With the circumstances unknown, Major Crimes Detectives were called to the scene to conduct an investigation. The Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office will release the name of the decedent pending positive identification, along with cause and manner of death when appropriate to do so. At this time, no further information is available.

Body Discovered in Spokane River Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a reported body found in the Spokane River, east of Harvard Road in Spokane County. ### On September 15, 2018, at approximately 11:20 a.m., a passerby reported finding a body, off the shoreline, in the Spokane River east of Harvard Rd. Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies and Spokane Valley Fire personnel responded to the scene and confirmed the report. With the circumstances unknown, Major Crimes Detectives were called to the scene to conduct an investigation. The Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office will release the name of the decedent pending positive identification, along with cause and manner of death when appropriate to do so. At this time, no further information is available.

Who is this Male? Detectives Identify One Burglary Suspect and Request Your Help Identifying Second Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Investigative Task Force (ITF) Detective Lloyd Hixson would like your help identifying the male suspect in these photos. The male is suspected of burglarizing or having information regarding the burglary of multiple storage units in July of this year at North Point Mini-Storage located at 10411 N. Nevada. Ten storage units were burglarized leading to the theft of six firearms and additional property/jewelry. Detective Hixson obtained surveillance video from the business and identified one suspect as 43-year-old Eric J. Petrin, an 18-time convicted felon. Last week, Detectives Hixson contacted Petrin at the Spokane County Jail where he was being held on unrelated felony charges. Petrin, who potentially faces several additional felony charges stemming from this case, declined to answer questions, invoking his right to council. ITF Detectives would like your help identifying the male in these pictures as they continue to conduct this active investigation and work to recover the stolen property/firearms. If you can help identify the male in these pictures, have information regarding this crime or the stolen property/firearms, you are urged to contact Detective Hixson at 509-477-2709, reference #10095256.

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UPDATE: Thomas J. Michalak Located Thomas J. Michalak has been located and he is safe. ### Missing/Runaway 13-Year-Old Thomas J. Michalak September 13, 2018 - Spokane Valley Sheriff’s Deputies are attempting to locate Thomas J. Michalak who was last seen near the 6900 block of E. 4th at approximately 12:30 p.m. this afternoon. Thomas, who is Autistic and functions at approximately a 4th grade level, walked away from his school after he was disciplined. Deputies, working with school staff and Thomas’ caregiver, have checked the surrounding area, including stores, parks and residences he’s been known to frequent but have been unsuccessful locating Thomas. In the past, Thomas has been reported as a runaway from his residence located in the 2900 block of W. Heroy, but he has been located within hours. With nightfall approaching and concerns Thomas is unfamiliar with the area and not dressed for expected lower nighttime temperatures, we are asking for the community’s assistance. Thomas is described as a white male, approximately 5’05”, 170 lbs., with brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a blue shirt, gray shorts, white socks and black shoes. He is known to frequent populated areas or portray himself as transient, holding up signs near roadways on previous occasions. If you have seen Thomas J. Michalak or know of his location, please call Crime Check at 509-456-2233, reference #10129095.

Congratulations and Welcome New Lateral Deputies Yesterday morning, Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich swore in two new Lateral Deputies. Both Deputies bring previous law enforcement and life experience they can use, in addition to the training provided by Sheriff’s Office Instructors/FTO’s, to serve our community with excellence. ### Deputy Michael Twiggs: Deputy Twiggs is 30-years-old and began his law enforcement career with the Seattle Police Department in 2016. Prior to becoming a Police Officer, he worked as a BNSF locomotive electrician after serving eight years in the U.S. Air Force. Deputy Michael Vicini: Deputy Vicini is 27-years-old and served as a California Highway Patrol Officer (stationed out of San Jose) since 2015. Prior to joining the highway patrol, he was employed as an EMT for three years. Please help us welcome Deputy Twiggs and Deputy Vicini, along with their family/friends, to our community and the Sheriff’s Office.

A Citizen’s Report of a Possible Vehicle Prowling Ends with Suspect’s Arrest for Residential Burglary of a Separate Residence Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Deputies, responding to a suspicious person/possible vehicle prowler, located the suspect who had just ran from a victim’ residence. The victim stated he woke up to find the female suspect inside his house and chased her outside where the Deputy stopped and arrested her for residential burglary. ### On September 9, 2018, just prior to 10:00 p.m., Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy Phil Pfeifer and Deputy Amber Tyler responded to 19600 block of E. Wellesley for a report of a suspected vehicle prowler. The caller reported the suspect(s) appeared “high”, were on foot and had a dog. The Deputies began searching the mobile home park for the suspects(s) but were unsuccessful. A few minutes later, the same citizen called reporting the suspect appeared to be hiding next to one of the mobile homes. As Deputy Pfeifer reentered the mobile home park, he observed a female, later identified as 35-year-old Ann B. Sinclair, running from the side yard of a residence. Deputy Pfeifer quickly exited his patrol car to contact Sinclair when he heard a male voice yell “I will (expletive) kill you!” and observed a male armed with a baseball bat running toward him from the home Sinclair had just ran from. When the male victim noticed Deputy Pfeifer, he immediately dropped the bat and identified Sinclair as the suspect who was in his house. Investigating the incident, Deputy Pfeifer and Tyler learned the victim woke up after hearing a noise in his house. He got up and found Sinclair standing in his kitchen looking out a window. When he yelled, Sinclair fled out the front door and was contacted by Deputy Pfeifer. The victim stated he does not know Sinclair, she did not have permission to be inside his residence and believes Sinclair entered through an unlocked front door. After advising Sinclair of her rights, she stated she was homeless and “roaming” around Spokane with her dog, ending up in the victim’s backyard. Initially, she admitted to entering the front door of the residence to get a glass of water, but then changed her story stating she was hanging out in the backyard when her dog jumped into the residence through an open window and she entered to retrieve her dog. Her story changed again, stating she knew the home owner from years ago, who’s name she could not remember, and went inside to say hello. Noting Sinclair appeared to be under the influence of drugs, did not have permission to be inside the victim’s residence and gave multiple versions of why she was, she was arrested. SCRAPS responded to take possession of Sinclair’s dog. Sinclair was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Residential Burglary, a felony. This incident serves as a reminder to please make sure to lock your doors, secure your garage/valuables and “If you See Something, Say Something”. Without the first caller reporting the suspicious activity, patrol units wouldn’t have been in the area and the suspect may not have been caught.

SIRR Team Investigating Deputy Involved Shooting in Lincoln County The Spokane Investigative Regional Response (SIRR) Team continues to investigate the Deputy involved shooting that occurred September 6, 2018 at a residence located in the 39600 block of Cayuse Cove Rd. in Lincoln County, WA. The SIRR Team was activated after a Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy fired his weapon, striking the suspect’s vehicle after the suspect, 50-year-old Doyle A. Gabriel, accelerated toward the Deputy standing next to his fully marked patrol car. The incident began when the Deputy attempted to stop Gabriel for excessive speed on Hwy. 25, just north of Hwy. 2. Gabriel failed to stop for the Deputy’s fully marked patrol car with lights and siren activated. Gabriel tried to elude the Deputy for several miles, eventually leading him to the suspect’s residence on Cayuse Cove Rd. Gabriel turned his vehicle around to face the approaching patrol vehicle. Not knowing why Gabriel was running or if he was armed with a weapon, the Deputy, who was alone but had backup units responding to assist, kept his distance, stopped his patrol car and exited his vehicle. He began giving commands which Gabriel failed to follow. During this contact Gabriel remained defiant and continued to ignore commands. Eventually, Gabriel put his vehicle in drive and accelerated toward the Deputy and his patrol car causing the Deputy to fire his weapon, striking Gabriel’s vehicle but Gabriel was not injured. Gabriel stopped the vehicle but continued to act aggressively, would not comply with commands and demanded to speak with Sheriff Magers. As additional Deputies and law enforcement officers, including Sheriff Magers, arrived to assist, they began to try and deescalate the volatile situation. Despite their attempts, Gabriel remained hostile and would not comply. While Sheriff Magers spoke to Gabriel, several Deputies/Officers were able to gain a position of advantage and deployed a Taser, allowing Gabriel to safely be taken into custody. The Officer Involved Critical Incident Protocol was enacted and SIRR Team investigators responded to conduct the investigation and process the scene for evidence. SIRR detectives continue to follow up on investigative leads to gather all the facts in the matter. The SIRR Team is comprised of multiple law enforcement agencies in Eastern Washington. • The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office is the managing agency in this incident. • The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office will release the names of the Deputy involved in the incident when appropriate to do so. • Once the SIRR Team investigation is complete the case will be forwarded to the Lincoln County Prosecutor’s Office for review.

Spokane Valley Deputies Apply Tourniquets to Stop Severe Bleeding, Potentially Save a Young Man’s Life Spokane Valley Deputies responded to a Welfare Check of a male who was bleeding heavily from a deep cut to his arm from a broken window. Arriving Deputies observed the male’s friends had placed a belt on the subject’s arm to try and stop what appeared to be a severe arterial bleed which could cost the man his life. Deputies controlled the bleeding by applying two tourniquets and a pressure bandage preventing further loss of blood and potentially saving the young man’s life. ### On September 8, 2018 at approximately 11:15 p.m., Spokane Valley Deputies responded to a welfare check in the 700 block on N. McDonald where it was reported an adult male was bleeding badly from a cut to his arm from a broken window. Deputy Griffin Criswell arrived first and located the male sitting in the parking lot. There was a large amount of blood coming from the wound and on the ground around him. The male’s friends had applied a belt, as a makeshift tourniquet, around the subject’s arm in an attempt to control his bleeding. Seeing this was not working well enough and knowing uncontrolled heavy bleeding posed a serious risk to the young man’s life, Deputy Criswell cinched the belt down as tight as he could as additional Deputies arrived to assist. Deputy Michael Keys and Deputy Derek McNall arrived to assist. Noticing the male’s injury was still spurting blood from the wound in a consistent heartbeat rhythm as well as the huge amount of blood lost already from what appeared to be atrial bleeding which posed a substantial risk to the man’s life, Deputy Keys applied a tourniquet to the male’s arm, above the wound. A pressure bandage was also applied directly to the wound itself. Deputy McNall found the male’s radial pulse to be strong despite the tourniquet and pressure bandage. With this information, Deputy McNall knew the male was still bleeding heavily and applied a second tourniquet stopping any further blood loss. Spokane Valley Fire and AMR personnel arrived at the scene and took over primary care of the male. He was transported by ambulance to the hospital for further treatment where he is currently listed in satisfactory condition.

Spokane Regional Auto Theft Test Force Detectives Request Your Help Spokane Regional Auto Theft Task Force (SRATTF) Detectives are attempting to locate witnesses or tips regarding a stolen 2013 Yellow Can-Am Outlander 500, similar to the one pictured. In 2017, three Can-Am ATV’s and one 1998 black Yamaha YZ 400 were stolen from a victim’s property near Coolin, Idaho. In 2018, Auto Theft Task Force Detectives recovered two of the stolen Can Am ATV’s in south Stevens County. The un-recovered yellow Can Am ATV and Yamaha YZ 400 motorcycle had reportedly been seen at a property on Garden Spot Road in Stevens County, but have been moved. Detectives surmise the ATV and YZ 400 have been sold, possibly in Stevens County, North Spokane County or the surrounding area. If you have purchased a yellow 2013 Can-Am Outlander 500 similar to the one pictured, a 1998 black Yamaha YZ 400 or have information regarding the theft or sales of these ATV’s/motorcycle, you are asked to call SRATTF Detective Steve White of the Washington State Patrol at 509-838-9383 or by email at steve.white@wsp.wa.gov.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: No Criminal Charges in March 2018 Police Shooting SPOKANE COUNTY, September 7, 2018 – The Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office has determined that Spokane County Deputy Sheriff Sam Palmer and Spokane Police Officer Scott Hice were justified in their use of lethal force against Ronald J. Acre while attempting to serve him with a civil eviction notice at the Agnes Kehoe Place Apartments at 5313 N. Regal St., Apt #103, on March 12, 2018, at approximately 10:30 AM. Deputy Palmer had been assigned to serve a civil eviction notice on Ronald Acre. Shortly before 10:30 AM on March 12, 2018, Deputy Palmer arrived at the complex. Palmer is highly experienced in the eviction process, as he serves several such notices on a daily basis. Once Palmer arrives at a residence/apartment and is in possession of a court order for eviction, a tenant has no legal rights to the property and it must be restored to the owner. Upon arriving at the apartment complex, Palmer spoke to the manager and gathered information on Acre. There was concern because Acre had made prior threats to other tenants. Palmer was advised that Acre had indicated that if he was cornered, Acre would do what he had to do. Back-up officers from Spokane Police had been called, as well as a mental health professional. After officers conferred in the hallway, Palmer knocked several times on Acre’s apartment door. Palmer announced that it was the Sheriff’s office and asked for Ronald to come to the door. There was no response from inside. Palmer could clearly see the eviction notices that he had posted on the door previously. Palmer eventually used a key provided by management to open the door and enter the apartment. Once the door was opened, officers could see Acre seated on a couch on the far side of the room. Another couch had been propped up on its end and blocked a portion of the officers’ view of Acre on the left side. Initially, Acre did not answer or move. He simply stared at them. Officers slowly entered the apartment and attempted to engage Acre in conversation about why they were there and what would be required of him. When Acre did speak, he told officers that they had to go, that they should contact their supervisors and also to contact the federal government. Officers decided they were going to have to go “hands on” with Acre. At about that time, Acre placed his left hand, and then his right hand, under a blanket that was laying on the couch to Acre’s immediate left. He retrieved a rifle from under the blanket. Officers immediately retreated from the apartment and ordered Acre to put the rifle down and to show officers his hands. Acre did not comply. Deputy Palmer and Officer Hice fired their service weapons several times at Acre before he eventually let go of the rifle and showed officers his hands. Once officer safety was assured, officers entered the apartment, retrieved the rifle, and rendered aid to Acre pending arrival of medics. Acre was transported to Sacred Heart Medical Center, where he was successfully treated for gunshot wounds. The investigation revealed that the rifle was a fully functional Mossberg 30.06 bolt action rifle that was loaded with four rounds. Each round had writing on it including a black-tipped armor-piercing round that bore the writing, “Mick Cop”. Additional boxes of 30.06 ammunition were also found in the apartment. Under these circumstances, it was reasonable for Deputy Palmer and Officer Hice to use deadly force. There is no indication Deputy Palmer or Officer Hice acted out of malice or lacked a good faith belief in the correctness of their actions. Therefore, no criminal liability attaches and no criminal charges will be filed against Deputy Palmer or Officer Hice.

LATERAL & ENTRY Level Deputy Applicants WANTED (Testing Info Below) & Deputy Sheriff Open House Announcement Please join us at the Deputy Sheriff Open House on Thursday, October 4, 2018 from 6pm to 8pm!! Talk with members of the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Recruiting Team and Spokane County Civil Service. *** Deputy Sheriff Open House *** Thursday, October 4, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Training Center 6011 N. Chase Rd., Newman Lake, WA 99025 *** Reservations are REQUIRED: Please call Spokane County Civil Service to add your name to the reservation list. 509-477-4711. *** Photo ID is needed at check-in, and note taking material is highly recommended. This is YOUR opportunity to ask questions and learn valuable information that will help you with testing preparation, the application process, interview do’s and don’ts, and a lot more. OPEN HOUSE TOPICS 1. Initial testing with Public Safety Testing & what you need to do to get registered 2. Completing applications with Spokane County Civil Service 3. Benefits of working at the Sheriff’s Office 4. The do’s and don’ts when coming in for an interview 5. Timeline: what to expect from application to hire 6. Recruiting Team information 7. Question & Answer section LATERAL & ENTRY Level Deputy Applicant Information Next Spokane area Public Safety Testing date: Saturday, October 20, 2018 Location: Spokane Fire Training Center, 1618 N. Rebecca, Spokane, WA 99217 Time: Check-in: 8:00 a.m., Testing Starts: 8:30 a.m. Interested LATERALS contact Civil Service for expedited application process information. 509-477-4711 *** QUESTIONS for one of our Recruitment Team? You can email them at recruiting@spokanesheriff.org *** IMPORTANT TIPS & INFORMATION: Visit the “Tips & Information for Deputy Applicants” page at http://www.spokanecounty.org/3833/Tips-Information-for-Deputy-Applicants *** VIDEO about Spokane County and the Sheriff’s Office: http://www.spokanecounty.org/1633/Videos *** Tips & Information for Deputy Applicants: http://www.spokanecounty.org/3833/Tips-Information-for-Deputy-Applicants

A big “Thank You” to all our S.C.O.P.E. volunteers! Your effort and willingness to help us is greatly appreciated and your service to our community is admirable. If you’re interested in joining S.C.O.P.E. or assisting with events like the Fishing Frenzy, please contact your local S.C.O.P.E. Station (http://www.scopespokanewa.org/s-c-o-p-e-stations) or the S.C.O.P.E. Main Office at (509)477-4739. GREAT JOB!! ### West Plains S.C.O.P.E. & the Annual Fishing Frenzy at Clear Lake The West Plains Sheriff’s Community Oriented Policing Effort (S.C.O.P.E.) hosted the City of Spokane Parks & Recreation/Therapeutic Recreation Services (TRS) Annual Fishing Frenzy at the Clear Lake Military Resort on Saturday. This annual fishing opportunity for the developmentally disabled on the Guest Fishing Dock at Clear Lake Military Resort was supported by volunteers from Fairchild AFB and S.C.O.P.E. during the West Plains S.C.O.P.E. Moving Forward meeting and summer picnic. The primary goal of the volunteers was to make recreational activities available to a broad spectrum of people with developmental and/or physical disabilities by assisting disabled persons to have positive experiences and develop appropriate leisure and social skills they can use throughout their lifetime. This helps the participants to master leisure skills that can lead to an increase in self-esteem & an ability to tackle other obstacles in life. Bill Newman (President of SCOPE South) said that the event was enjoyed by everybody in attendance and that he wants to create even more positive experiences that develop appropriate leisure and social skills for every participant. By developing these skills, participants can become increasingly self-confident, courageous, and independent. We want our community to feel right at home and to make new friends with our S.C.O.P.E. staff and other participants. SSgt Greg Guldner (92d Security Forces Squadron Police Services NCO) believes the key to success with these events is to partner with several like-minded civic organizations that are better suited to fill some of the requested roles and responsibilities of the volunteer positions requested. S.C.O.P.E. on Fairchild has been chartered since 2007 “To provide a safe living environment for the community and to increase citizens’ awareness of, and involvement in, community oriented policing services in partnership with the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office and the United States Air Force in order to foster community spirit.” This program gives unique opportunities for all of their members to foster good relations within our local community and the public as a whole.

A level 3 Registered Sex Offender Spokane Area For more information, tips and alerts please go to our OffenderWatch® page at http://www.sheriffalerts.com/cap_main.php?office=54488 Sex Offender Information Bulletin-Notification of Move - Level III Offender Spokane County WA Sheriff's Office, Date 09/05/2018 The Spokane County WA Sheriff's Office is releasing the following information pursuant to RCW 4.24.550, which authorizes law enforcement agencies to inform the public of a sex offender release when, in the discretion of the agency, the release of information will enhance public safety and protection. The individuals who appear on such notifications have been convicted of a sex offense that requires registration with the Sheriff's Office in the county of their residence. Further, their previous criminal history places them in a classification level which reflects the potential to reoffend. This individual has served the sentence imposed on them by the courts. HE/SHE IS NOT WANTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT AT THIS TIME. THIS NOTIFICATION IS NOT INTENDED TO INCREASE FEAR; RATHER IT IS OUR BELIEF THAT AN INFORMED PUBLIC IS A SAFER PUBLIC. Law Enforcement has no legal authority to direct where a sex offender may or may not live. Unless court ordered restrictions exist, this offender is constitutionally free to live wherever he/she chooses. James A. McMahan A/I Male, Age: 57, Hair: Brown Eyes: Hazel Residence: Transient, Spokane Convictions-Date & Crime: May 8, 1976 Contribute Sex Delinquency Minor May 1, 1986 Rape by Force/Fear (old code) February 12, 1999 Rape of a Child 1st Degree Aliases: James Alfred McMahan

PRESS RELEASE ***For Immediate Release*** Date: September 6, 2018 Contact: Trooper Jeff Sevigney Officer Involved Shooting Investigation The Spokane Investigative Regional Response (SIRR) Team continues to investigate the officer involved shooting that occurred September 3rd, in Cheney, WA. The SIRR Team was activated after three Cheney Police Department (CPD) officers discharged their service weapons during a contact with a male that was armed with a knife. The Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office has confirmed the male’s identity as 40-year-old Steve L. Anderson. The Cheney Police Department and Eastern Washington University Police Department (EWUPD) responded to a report of a disorderly male armed with a knife at Mitchell’s Harvest Foods at 116 W 1st Street. CPD officers contacted the Anderson outside the front of the store and immediately recognized that Anderson was, in fact, armed with a knife. CPD officers began giving verbal commands to drop the knife. After failing to follow commands and continuing to advance toward officers with the knife, three CPD officers discharged their service weapons, striking Anderson. After stopping the threat, officers on scene immediately rendered first aid. Cheney Fire Department and AMR ambulance crews arrived on scene and continued life-saving treatment but, unfortunately, Anderson was pronounced deceased at the scene. The Officer Involved Critical Incident Protocol was enacted and SIRR Team investigators responded to conduct the investigation and process the scene for evidence. SIRR investigators and forensic specialists were on scene for nearly 10 hours after the incident processing the scene and gathering evidence. SIRR detectives continue to follow up on investigative leads to gather all the facts in the matter. The SIRR Team is comprised of multiple law enforcement agencies in Eastern Washington. SIRR detectives are asking anyone with information related to this investigation to please call Crime Check at 509-456-2233. • The Washington State Patrol is the managing agency in this incident. • The Cheney Police Department will release the names of the officers involved in the incident. • Once the SIRR Team investigation is complete the case will be forwarded to the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office for review. # # #

Dean “DJ” Zumwalt Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison On August 31, 2018, Dean Zumwalt was sentenced to 20 years in prison as part of a plea agreement where he pled guilty to Rape of a Child 1st Degree and Child Molestation 1st Degree (2 counts). All five of Zumwalt’s victims in this case are listed on each count. After Zumwalt serves his 20-year sentence, he will be required to appear in-front of the Indeterminate Sentencing Review Board who will make the determination if he should be release of remain in custody, possibly for life. ### Press Release from January 4, 2018: Registered Sex Offender Arrested for Sexually Abusing Young Females Sexual Assault Unit Detectives Believe Additional Victims Possible Yesterday afternoon, Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Sexual Assault Unit (SAU) Detectives arrested 38-year-old Dean “DJ” Zumwalt for sexually abusing at least two young females. Zumwalt, already a Level 1 Registered Sex Offender stemming from a Rape 3rd Degree conviction in 2010, was booked into jail for four felony charges. Detectives have identified two additional young girls who may have been abused by Zumwalt and believe it is possible there are additional victims who have not yet been identified or reported being victimized. In mid-December, SAU Detective Kevin Richey began investigating a report of a 7-year-old female being sexually abused by a family friend known as Dean “DJ” Zumwalt. During the investigation, Detectives learned of an 8-year-old female who also said Zumwalt sexually abused her. Both victims said they were sexually abused while they attended sleep overs at Zumwalt’s residence, located in the 15200 block of S. Carstens Rd., over the past several months. During these times, there were additional young girls who attended, two of which have been identified but not yet interviewed. Investigators learned Zumwalt is suspected of a similar criminal act in Pend Oreille County and possibly in Lincoln County, as well. Zumwalt, known as “DJ” to the families he befriends, appears to use the story of inviting young girls to attend sleep overs with other young victims he sometimes refers to as his nieces, as a ruse to lower the guard of unsuspecting parents. Detectives are also attempting to identify two more potential victims known only as “Bree” and “Shaylin”. With the belief there are potential unidentified victims, we are releasing these photos of Zumwalt and would like anyone who feels their child may have been victimized by Zumwalt in Spokane County, or can provide information regarding this ongoing investigation, to contact Detective Richey at 509-477-3296. If you are in a surrounding county and believe your child has been victimized by Zumwalt, we urge you to contact your local law enforcement agency to report the information. Zumwalt is charged with Rape of a Child 1st Degree, Indecent Liberties (Forcible Compulsion), Child Molestation 1st Degree and Sexual Exploitation of a Minor.

HIRING: Sheriff’s Office Dispatchers (Communication Officers) Entry Level and Lateral Level The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office is hiring Entry Level and Lateral Communications Officers/Dispatchers. If you are interested in a rewarding career, want to serve your community and assist deputies as they respond to calls, this is your opportunity. Register for the next Testing Date in Spokane Area: September 28, 2018 We are seeking qualified applicants who can multitask, handle stressful situations, and remain calm, with good communication, typing and computer skills. Initial testing is through Public Safety Testing and the next local test is approaching rapidly. You MUST apply first through Public Safety Test (PST website: https://www.publicsafetytesting.com/event/events/view/id/6693) before the test date. Spokane Area Testing Date Information When: September 28, 2018 Check-in begins at 9:30 am Testing begins at 10:00 am Where: Spokane County Sheriff’s Training Center 6011 N. Chase Rd., Newman Lake, WA 99025 Entry Level Salary: $21.26 - $28.69 Hourly $3,685.20 - $4,972.60 Monthly $44,222.40 - $59,671.20 Annually Lateral Entry Salary: $22.35 - $28.69 Hourly $3,873.90 - $4,972.60 Monthly $46,486.80 - $59,671.20 Annually For requirements, additional information and job postings, go to the Spokane County “Current Openings” web page http://www.spokanecounty.org/1021/Current-Openings. You will find both postings for ENTRY LEVEL and LATERAL LEVEL. Questions?? Contact Spokane County Civil Service at 509-477-4711 or by email at cs@spokanecounty.org

A level 3 Registered Sex Offender Spokane Area For more information, tips and alerts please go to our OffenderWatch® page at http://www.sheriffalerts.com/cap_main.php?office=54488 Sex Offender Information Bulletin-Notification of Move/Release Level III Offender Spokane County WA Sheriff's Office, Date 09/04/2018 The Spokane County WA Sheriff's Office is releasing the following information pursuant to RCW 4.24.550, which authorizes law enforcement agencies to inform the public of a sex offender release when, in the discretion of the agency, the release of information will enhance public safety and protection. The individuals who appear on such notifications have been convicted of a sex offense that requires registration with the Sheriff's Office in the county of their residence. Further, their previous criminal history places them in a classification level which reflects the potential to reoffend. This individual has served the sentence imposed on them by the courts. HE/SHE IS NOT WANTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT AT THIS TIME. THIS NOTIFICATION IS NOT INTENDED TO INCREASE FEAR; RATHER IT IS OUR BELIEF THAT AN INFORMED PUBLIC IS A SAFER PUBLIC. Law Enforcement has no legal authority to direct where a sex offender may or may not live. Unless court ordered restrictions exist, this offender is constitutionally free to live wherever he/she chooses. Benjamin E. Stutzke White Male, Age: 39, Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown Residence: Transient, Spokane Convictions-Date & Crime: June 23, 2016 Voyeurism Aliases: None Known

Reckless Driver with a Suspended License Attempts to Flee When Spokane Valley Deputies attempted to stop a recklessly driven vehicle, the driver became even more reckless as he attempted to evade a fully marked patrol car. The suspect was eventually captured after he hit a curb, crashed into a bush, and fled on foot. ### On September 1, 2018 at approximately 8:30 p.m., Spokane Valley Deputy Andrew Richmond observed a dark colored Honda traveling east on Broadway near Evergreen. The driver of the vehicle, later identified as 25-year-old Skylar D. Andersen, was driving at an estimated speed of 50 mph in a posted 35 mph zone in the center median of Broadway, passing other vehicles. Deputy Richmond caught up to Anderson and activated his emergency lights to conduct a traffic stop but, instead of pulling over, Anderson made an abrupt and sudden turn south on Adams Rd. and began to accelerate in an attempt to flee. Deputy Richmond activated his siren and, with no vehicular or pedestrian traffic in the area, advised dispatch he was in pursuit. A short time later, seeing Anderson was approaching a red light at Sprague, Deputy Richmond terminated the pursuit due to safety concerns with the potential of traffic traveling on Sprague. Anderson slowed his vehicle down to normal speeds; however, continued through the red light and south on Adams. Seeing no cross traffic on Sprague, Deputy Richmond reactivated his lights and siren to continue pursuing Anderson. Approaching 14th Ave., Anderson slowed and turned east. Seeing an opportunity to potentially end the pursuit, Deputy Richmond moved his patrol car into position to attempt a PIT maneuver. With no other vehicles in the area, Deputy Richmond maneuvered his vehicle into position and attempted a PIT, causing Anderson’s vehicle to start to rotate and slide. Unfortunately, Anderson was able to regain control and continued to flee. Now back on Adams with a green light at Sprague, Anderson turned west. Deputy Richmond attempted to position his vehicle twice to attempt another PIT maneuver, but Anderson would erratically swerve in front of Deputy Richmond’s vehicle to block his attempt. As Anderson approached Evergreen, he swerved into the opposing lanes of travel, risking a serious head-on collision with approaching vehicles. Again, Deputy Richmond terminated the pursuit, concerned for the safety of other motorists. Anderson moved back into the proper lanes of travel and accelerated. Although not in pursuit, Deputy Richmond continued to watch Anderson’s vehicle. At McCabe Rd. Anderson attempted to turn north but failed to make the turn, struck the curb and crashed into a large bush. Anderson and the front passenger bailed out of the car and fled on foot. Deputy Richmond and Deputy Rassier caught Anderson and took him into custody after a short foot pursuit and struggle. The front passenger was not located. Deputy Booth detained an adult female who stayed in the backseat of the vehicle. She was later released without charges. After being advised of his rights, Anderson stated he ran because he knew his driver’s license was suspended and that’s what he knows to do when the police come after him. He drove into oncoming lanes of traffic because he wanted to try everything he could to get away, realizing he risked everyone’s life. Anderson was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Attempting to Elude a Police Vehicle, Reckless Driving, Resisting Arrest and Driving While Suspended 3rd Degree.

One Vehicle Fatal Crash on S. Wells Rd. Early this morning, Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a one vehicle crash on S. Wells Rd. in South Spokane County. The adult male driver and sole occupant of the vehicle was ejected during the crash and unfortunately pronounced deceased at the scene. ### On September 2, 2018, at approximately 2:20 a.m., Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the report of a single vehicle crash in the 35700 block of S. Wells Rd. The caller stated it appeared the van hit a power pole, rolled, and the driver had been ejected. The driver did not have a pulse and CPR was provided until Spokane County Fire and medical personnel arrived. Due to the extent and severity of the injuries sustained, the driver was pronounced deceased to the scene. Deputies arrived and closed Wells Rd. due to the downed power lines and requested Traffic Unit Investigators respond to conduct an investigation. S.C.O.P.E. SIRT Team Volunteers were also requested to assist with traffic control while Inland Power made repairs and the investigation was conducted which allowed Deputies to be available for calls for service. Traffic Unit Investigators stated the van was traveling south on Wells Rd. when the driver lost control in a curve. The van crossed the centerline, left the roadway and rolled, ejecting the driver. Speed, intoxication and lack of the use of a seatbelt are all believed to be factors in this fatal crash. The Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office will release the name of the decedent along with the cause and manner of death at a later date, when appropriate.

PRESS RELEASE U.S. Department of Justice United States Attorney Eastern District of Washington SPOKANE FELON SENTENCED TO 20 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR FIREARMS POSSESSION AND DRUG TRAFFICKING Spokane – Joseph H. Harrington, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that Michael C. Painter, age 32, of Spokane, Washington, was sentenced today after having pleaded guilty to possessing with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of actual methamphetamine, possessing firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and being a previously convicted felon in possession of firearms. Chief United States District Judge Thomas O. Rice sentenced Painter to a 240-month term of imprisonment, to be followed by a 5-year term of court supervision following release from Federal prison. Chief Judge Rice also imposed an additional 24-month term of imprisonment, to run concurrent to the 240-months, after finding that Painter violated court supervision stemming from a previous firearm-related conviction. According to information disclosed during court proceedings, Painter was a passenger in vehicle stopped for a traffic infraction. During the stop, deputies determined Painter had a pending arrest warrant. While searching Painter incident to arrest, deputies seized a loaded Glock, model 22, .40 caliber, pistol from Painter’s waistband and approximately 54 grams of actual methamphetamine in his pants. After obtaining a warrant to search the vehicle, deputies seized a loaded Hi-Point, Model C9, 9mm pistol and 218 grams of actual methamphetamine from a bag in the area where Painter was sitting. At the time, Painter was serving a term of federal supervised release. Joseph H. Harrington said, “The sentence imposed today sends a strong message to individuals who commit drug and firearm-related crimes in the Eastern District of Washington. I commend the law enforcement officers with ATF, FBI and Spokane County Sheriff’s Office for their excellent investigative work in this case.” This case was prosecuted under the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) program. PSN is a federal, state, and local law enforcement collaboration to identify, investigate, and prosecute individuals responsible for violent crimes in our neighborhoods. The U.S. Attorney’s Office is partnering with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement to specifically identify the criminals responsible for violent crime in the Eastern District of Washington and pursue criminal prosecution. This case was investigated by the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, the Spokane Federal Bureau of Investigations’ Safe Streets Task Force, and ATF. This case was prosecuted by Patrick J. Cashman, an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington.

Intoxicated Male Confronted Inside the Wrong Vehicle by Owner Last night, several Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to a reported attempted vehicle theft where the owner of the vehicle fired a weapon into the ground causing the suspect to flee on foot. Deputies located the suspect who appeared intoxicated but uninjured. After learning the suspect’s identity and apparent intoxication leading to the confusion over which vehicle he owned, the victim declined to pursue charges. No one was injured during this incident. ### On August 30, 2018 at approximately 11:55 p.m., Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the report of an attempted vehicle theft in Spangle, WA. Additional information stated the owner of the vehicle, a white SUV, confronted the suspect and had fired a handgun into the ground scaring the suspect who fled on foot. The victim told arriving Deputies he was inside his residence when he noticed the taillights of his vehicle come on and the engine start. He went outside and confronted the adult male suspect sitting in the driver’s seat. The suspect continued to insist the vehicle was his despite the victim saying it wasn’t. The suspect began to move the vehicle but the victim removed him from the vehicle and shut the engine off. The suspect continued to claim ownership of the vehicle leading the victim to believe the suspect would not leave, so he went inside his home and retrieved a handgun to protect himself. The victim went back outside and told the suspect to leave again. Instead, the suspect began walking toward the victim in what he said was an aggressive manner. The victim, fearing he was about to be assaulted, fired the handgun toward the ground. The suspect stopped and then fled on foot. The victim went back into his home and reloaded his firearm not knowing if the suspect would return. When he looked back outside, he observed the suspect standing outside his residence again. He went out and told the suspect to leave. The suspect did not heed this warning and again began to approach the victim who fired his weapon into the ground again. The victim said the suspect, who appeared to be intoxicated due to his actions and slurred speech, ran off and did not return. Additional Deputies, including a Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit arrived in the area, established a perimeter, and began a search for the suspect. Simultaneously, Deputies at the scene checking for evidence located a set of keys near the victim’s vehicle that did not belong to him. They used the key fob to locate what was believed to be the suspect’s white truck, and later the suspect inside a residence near the scene. The suspect, who appeared to be very intoxicated and matched the description provided by the victim, said he was visiting family and had been drinking at a bar. He admitted to walking to the residence from the bar but denied trying to steal a vehicle. The victim identified the suspect as the male who tried to take his vehicle but after learning of the circumstances, decided not to pursue charges. Thankfully no one was injured during this incident. Neither the suspect, nor the victim who feared for his safety and fired his weapon into the ground, were charged.

Emergency Response Communications: What is it? Why is it important to me? Please take a moment to watch this video and learn more about the integration and future of emergency communications in Spokane County. Also, please take a look at the Emergency Response Communications StoryMap at https://maps.arcgis.com/apps/Cascade/index.html?appid=e7c8629f079940338b9391740ccd1825 Public Safety Communications is part of the Proposition 1 promise. Learn more about the integration and future of emergency communications.