SPOKANE, Wash. - Investigators released new details in an officer-involved shooting that happened near a Spokane convenience store over the weekend.
The man shot once in the leg by police after refusing to put down what looked like a real firearm, turned out to be holding a "pump-style BB gun", according to Officials at the Spokane County Sheriff's Office.
The Spokane Investigative Regional Response Team (SIRR Team) is investigating the shooting which happened outside of Hai's Mini Mart near the intersection of Mission Avenue and Napa Street. The SIRR Team is comprised of members of the Spokane County Sheriff's Office, the Washington State Patrol and the Spokane Police Department.
The incident began Sunday morning just after 4:00am when 911 dispatchers received a call about a "man shooting a shotgun in the area of Napa and Mission." A Spokane Police officer was in the area and arrived almost immediately. Investigators are not releasing the officer's name.
When the officer arrived, the suspect was reportedly pointing the weapon at another person outside of Hai's Mini Mart on the corner of Napa Street and Mission Avenue. The officer asked the man to put the gun down - a gun the SIRR team said the officer believed was real. However, when the man refused to put the gun down, the officer shot the suspect once in the leg.
The man was transported to a local hospital for medical treatment. He was in satisfactory condition at Sacred Heart Medical Center Monday and his injuries are considered non-life threatening.
Also on Monday, investigators revealed they found methamphetamine on the man at the hospital. A press release from the Spokane County Sheriff's Office state they field tested the controlled substance and results "showed a presumptive positive test for methamphetamine."
KHQ spoke with neighbors in the area and many believe the shooting suspect is 24-year-old Jesse Johnson, whom one person described as a squatter.
One woman who lives-next-door to the mini mart said she and her husband woke up at 4:00 am to the sound of someone yelling. They looked outside and said they saw Johnson yelling at someone, claiming his bicycle was stolen. During the argument, the neighbor said she also heard a pop.
The SIRR team would not confirm Johnson was the suspect on Monday. At this point, no one has been charged or arrested.
KHQ reached out to Johnson at the hospital but he declined any interviews.
The officer was not injured and is on paid administrative leave, which is standard protocol while the investigation is conducted by the SIRR Team. Detectives said they obtained a preliminary statement from the officer involved as well as the suspect and plan to continue their interviews this week.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.
SIRR Press Release:
SPOKANE, Wash. - The investigation by the Spokane Investigative Regional Response Team (SIRR Team) into yesterday's officer involved shooting is ongoing and additional facts about the incident will be provided as they become available and are appropriate for release.
To clarify some of the preliminary information from yesterday, the "pellet" gun recovered yesterday at the scene by investigators is a pump-style BB gun.
The controlled substance found yesterday in the possession of the 24-year-old suspect was field tested and showed a presumptive positive test for methamphetamine.
Sunday, investigators obtained a preliminary statement from the officer involved and also contacted the suspect at the hospital. Investigators plan to continue their interviews this week.
The incident began Sunday morning just after 4:00am when a Spokane Police officer responding to a shots fired call was involved in an officer involved shooting.
The initial call stated a male was shooting a shotgun in the area of Napa and Mission. The Spokane Police officer was in the area and arrived almost immediately and contacted the suspect who reportedly was pointing the weapon at another person. The officer fired one time striking the suspect in the leg. The suspect was transported to a local hospital for medical treatment. The medical information received stated the injury appears to be non-life-threatening.
The officer was not injured and is on administrative leave which is standard protocol while the investigation is conducted by the SIRR Team.
The SIRR Team is comprised of members of the Spokane County Sheriff's Office, the WashingtonState Patrol and the Spokane Police Department.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.
There are no further details available at this time.