Shooting Deemed Justified For Deputy Who Killed Spokane Man

By Spokane Police Department

The Spokane County Prosecutors Office has reviewed the case involving Spokane Valley Sheriff’s Deputies occurring on Saturday, 6/1/13 at an apartment complex on N. McDonald Rd. and has determined no criminal liability in the case and that the deputywas justified in his use of deadly force.

The incident was investigated by the Spokane Investigative Regional Response Team (SIRR Team) comprised of the Spokane Police Department, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office and the Washington State Patrol.  The SIRR Team completed its investigation which was forwarded to the Spokane County Prosecutors Office for review.

Original SIRR Team news release below:

At approximately 5:40 am on Saturday, 6/1/13, deputies responded to a warrant call at an apartment complex in the 4100 block of N. McDonald Rd.  911 received two calls from the residence where arguing was heard in the background.  One of the 911 calls was disconnected. When 911 called back, operators continued to hear arguing in the background.

When deputies responded to the scene they observed a man (Roy Jacobs) and a woman struggling in a chair. Jacobs was armed with a 12” knife in his right hand. 

Deputy Kiehn pulled the woman off of Jacobs and told Jacobs to drop his knife multiple times. Jacobs refused commands to drop the knife and stood up and moved towards the deputies.

At this time Jacobs and Deputy Kiehn were in close proximity (within 6 feet). Deputy Kiehn fired two shots.

Medics were called and life-saving measures were taken by deputies.  Jacobs was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

[Story from Spokane Police Department]
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