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Officials reviewing Spokane police officers' killing of suspect in gunfight during standoff


SPOKANE, Washington — The Spokane County Sheriff's Office says a team will review a fatal police shooting of a suspect during a gunfight over the weekend.

Authorities say Spokane Police Department officers were trying to arrest a man who was wanted for a probation violation related to federal firearms charges on Saturday when they followed him to a home. The officers tried to talk to him, and additional officers arrived and set up a perimeter to keep him contained.

The sheriff's office says the suspect shot at officers repeatedly, and the officers returned fire. Medics treated him at the scene and took him to a hospital, where he died. No one else was injured.

The sheriff's office says the Spokane Investigate Regional Response Team and Spokane County Forensic Unit technicians will process evidence, interview witnesses and interview the officers involved. The regional response team comprises representatives of several Eastern Washington law enforcement agencies.

Once the investigation is complete, the case will be forwarded to the Spokane County prosecutor for review.

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