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Press Release

*** For Immediate Release***

Date: March 4, 2014
Contact: Trooper Jeff Sevigney
Phone: 509-993-2946


Officer-involved shooting update

The Spokane Investigative Regional Response (SIRR) team is currently investigating an officer involved shooting that occurred this morning in the Spokane Valley. Just after midnight, Spokane Valley Police Department Sheriff’s Deputies responded to Motel 6 located at 1919 N Hutchinson to search for a reported stolen vehicle.

Deputies located the stolen vehicle in the motel parking lot and later learned that the individuals associated with the vehicle were armed and had outstanding felony warrants. The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) SWAT team and Hostage Negotiation team responded to the scene. Deputies made several announcements via loudspeaker to get the individuals to surrender to officers.

SWAT and Hostage Negotiators were able to make contact via telephone just after 2:00 a.m., with a male and female who were now barricaded in the hotel room. The male suspect was identified as 32 year old Eric Heil, the female suspect is 37 year old Bonnie Ulrick. Negotiators spent nearly 3 1/2 hours attempting to resolve this incident peacefully.

At approximately 5:30 a.m., members of the SCSO SWAT team shot Ulrick who was armed with a pistol. Deputies immediately took Heil into custody and cleared the hotel room. Deputies found Ulrick who had sustained a gunshot wound to her hand. Paramedics who were already staged at the scene were able to provide immediate medical attention to Ulrick. Ulrick is being transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, to receive additional treatment for her non-life-threatening injuries.

The West Valley School District was advised of the incident and coordinated the closure of Spokane Valley High School that was adjacent to the hotel.

SIRR detectives from the Spokane Police Department, Washington State Patrol, Airway Heights Police Department and the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office are working to finishing up the on-scene investigation. The Washington State Patrol is the managing agency for this incident. The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office will release the names of the deputy (s) involved in this incident.

After the SIRR investigation is complete, the case will be forwarded to the Spokane County Prosecutor for review.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.