Fatal Spokane deputy’s shooting deemed justified

SPOKANE — The Spokane County prosecutor’s office says a sheriff’s deputy was justified in fatally shooting a Spokane Valley man who refused commands to drop a knife with a 12-inch blade.

The prosecutor’s office says the deputy, Jerad Kiehn, responded to two 911 calls from an apartment on June 1 and found Roy Jacobs struggling with a woman. The deputy pulled them apart and told Jacobs to drop the knife.

Investigators said Jacobs refused commands and was shot twice when he moved to within 6 feet of the deputy.

The Spokesman-Review reported that Jacobs’ family disputed the account of what happened. They said the knife was a collectible and that the intoxicated Jacobs was not a threat at the time he was killed.

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