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Carjacking suspect dead after officer-involved shooting in Walmart parking lot

SPOKANE, Wash. - One man is dead after being shot by Spokane police officers in the parking lot of the Shadle Walmart late Wednesday afternoon.

Just after 4:45 p.m., SPD officers located a stolen 1994 Ford Explorer from a carjacking and shooting which occurred on Monday morning in the 8200 block of N. Crestline Street. The owner of the vehicle was hospitalized with gunshot wounds as a result of the carjacking.

Upon locating the vehicle, officers waited nearby while watching the occupied vehicle and waiting for other officers to respond before taking any action. Officers moved in to block the vehicle from any escape route, stop any potential pursuits, and limit safety threats to the community since the vehicle had already been involved in a carjacking and shooting two days earlier. They believed the driver of the vehicle may be armed because of this.

Officers approached the vehicle and gave commands to the occupants. The passenger in the car cooperated and exited the vehicle. Officers gave commands to the suspect who was armed, and two officers fired their weapons striking the male suspect. The remaining suspects were detained and life saving measures began on the man.

"I was over there and I heard boom, boom, boom, boom, boom," said one witness. 

Spokane Fire Department personnel continued treatment, however,  the man was pronounced dead at the scene. A gun was discovered in the vicinity of the man. 

The man's identity will be released by the Spokane Medical Examiner's Office. 

At least one officer was equipped with a body-worn camera and that footage captured will be reviewed by investigators. 


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