*** For Immediate Release***
January 17, 2014
Contact: Trooper Jeff Sevigney
Phone: (509) 993-2946
The Spokane Investigative Regional Response (SIRR) Team continues to investigate the officer involved shooting that occurred last night. Detectives have cleared the scene and will continue to interview witnesses and officers involved in the coming days. The suspect, 29 year old Aaron Johnson, has been charged with second degree assault and remains hospitalized at Sacred Heart Medical Center.
On January 16, 2014, at 8:59 pm, Spokane Police Department (SPD) responded to Truth Ministries at 1901 E Sprague after receiving a 911 call about a man with a weapon. Officers arrived within five minutes and found Johnson in the alley behind Truth Ministries, armed with a knife. Officers attempted to calm Johnson and get him to drop his knife. A Taser was deployed but did not stop Johnson, who continued to advance on an officer. Two SPD officers fired their service weapons, hitting Johnson. Officers and firefighters from the nearby fire station provided medical aid and Johnson was transported to Sacred Heart Medical Center.
The Critical Incident Protocol has been invoked and the Spokane Investigative Regional Response Team (SIRR Team) is currently conducting the investigation. The Washington State Patrol will be the managing agency for this incident. The SIRR team is composed of members of the Washington State Patrol, Spokane County Sherriff’s Office, and the Spokane Police Department.