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Deputies named in fatal officer-involved Spokane Valley shooting

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office has identified the six officers who were involved in the fatal shooting of Army veteran Jed Zillmer in Spokane Valley on February 11.

Investigators say Zillmer, an Afghanistan combat veteran suffering from PTSD, was suicidal and led police on a high speed chase from Spokane to Coeur d'Alene and back to Spokane Valley on February 11.

The chase ended at the intersection of Sullivan and Indiana, where Zillmer got out of his vehicle and pointed a handgun at himself. Investigators say when he adjusted his bulletproof vest, deputies opened fire.

Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said Zillmer threatened to shoot other civilians if deputies did not kill him first. The investigation shows Zillmer had two other handguns on him and several other weapons inside his vehicle.

The deputies identified by the sheriff's office as having been involved in the shooting are Brett Hubbell, Jeff Thurman, Dale Moyer, Ryan Walter, Brian Hirzel and Randy Watts.

East Valley School Superintendent Resigns

East Valley School Superintendent Resigns

Big changes are in store for the East Valley School District after an announcement tonight that Superintendent John Glenewinkel has resigned.

The emergency school board meeting was announced last minute, but that didn't stop district employees and parents from showing up.

Glenewinkel was not at the meeting, but after a short, closed door discussion the board announced his resignation and read a statement saying he had determined he was not "the right person to move the district forward."

Glenewinkel's resignation did not surprise many, but not everyone was happy about it including Rush Gifford.

"I'm really angry, I think this is the wrong way for the district to go," she said after the announcement."

Gifford has four children that attend the East Valley School District and doesn't believe the change in leadership will benefit anyone.

"The biggest thing," Gifford continued, "is that a bond hasn't passed in years."

FBI searching for escaped felon from Montana

FBI searching for escaped felon from Montana

The FBI is searching for a fugitive from Montana who may have traveled to Spokane within the last few weeks.

Kevin Anthony Briggs is wanted for aggravated assault, attempted sexual intercourse without consent, assault on a peace officer, and escape. On February 1, a woman called the Bozeman Police Department to report an assault and that her attacker attempted to strangle her.

Police located Briggs and, during his arrest, he allegedly attempted to resist and hit an officer in the face. After being taken to the Law and Justice Center in Bozeman Briggs escaped custody.

Later that evening, he traveled to Missoula where he bought a one-way ticket to Spokane and has not been seen or heard from since.

Information developed during the investigation suggests he could travel through Washington or to Oregon, California, and possibly Mexico.

When he was arrested on February 1, Briggs was a convicted felon and registered sex offender who was on probation for a 2004 conviction for sexual intercourse without consent, aggravated kidnapping, escape, and burglary in Lewis and Clark County, Montana.

The art of extreme couponing

The art of extreme couponing

The cost of groceries and household items keeps going up, with the average family of four spending up to $240 a week on food. But you can save as much as 75 percent on your grocery bills through extreme couponing.

When you think of extreme couponers you might imagine someone with an excessive, random stockpile of goods like 100 jars of pickles and 400 rolls of toilet paper.

But you can save big and not buy in bulk. Local couponer Shaunda Holbrook calls herself a small time extreme couponer, but her tips and tricks can help you save big. Saving money is her mission, and she has a stockpile room with toilet paper, toothpaste and soaps. It's like a mini store full of items she didn't pay full price for.

"I would say my grocery bill is probably cut down about 75 percent now," she said.

Annually she saves between $10,000 and $15,000 on groceries.

She wasn't always this savvy at saving.

"All the sudden the walls come crashing in when you realize everything that you had built is going away," she said.

Two years ago tragedy struck, twice.

Investigators say six deputies fired weapons at veteran

Authorities confirmed Thursday six officers shot at a veteran suffering from PTSD Tuesday night near the Spokane Valley Mall.

The Spokane Investigative Regional Response Team's ongoing investigation into the killing of Army combat veteran Jed Zillmer revealed Thursday that Zillmer, who was wearing a ballistic vest, was holding a gun and two additional weapons were found on him.

Several additional weapons were visible inside his vehicle, though authorities have not yet processed his vehicle yet for evidence.

During the shooting, six Spokane County Sheriff's deputies fired their weapons, with the event being observed by officers from several local law enforcement agencies. The identities of those deputies who fired their weapons have not been released.

Detectives have finished processing the shooting scene for evidence and are now working to interview the deputies involved in the shooting as well as other witnesses. Investigators are asking that anyone who witnessed the incident or has additional information to contact Crime Check at 456-2233.

Vet suffering from PTSD shot, killed by deputies

The man shot and killed by Spokane County Sheriff's deputies Tuesday night near the Spokane Valley Mall was an Army combat veteran who had been struggling with PTSD.

Family members confirmed Wednesday the man shot by deputies was 23-year-old Jed Zillmer, a 2008 Lewis and Clark High School graduate, and an Army veteran who served in combat in Afghanistan.

Tuesday night a chase started around 7 p.m. between Zillmer and law enforcement officers in the City of Spokane that headed east to Coeur d'Alene where Zillmer turned around and headed back to Spokane Valley, where the chase ended at the intersection of Sullivan and Indiana near the mall.

Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said Zillmer was suicidal and believed to be heavily armed when they started the pursuit. Zillmer called dispatch at the start of the pursuit around 7 p.m. and told them he was suicidal, heavily armed and wanted to commit suicide by cop, even saying he would shoot civilians if it took too long for deputies to shoot him.

Fatal officer involved shooting shuts down Indiana and Sullivan in Spokane Valley

A military veteran is dead after leading multiple police agencies in a chase across state lines between Washington and Idaho.

It began around 7 pm Tuesday night in the city of Spokane and continued all the way to Coeur d'Alene before the suspect turned around - eventually stopping in the Spokane Valley.

Investigators say the suspect called them and told them that he had multiple weapons and a bullet proof vest, and that he would start shooting civilians if officers waited too long to shoot him.

When the man finally stopped his vehicle, deputies surrounded him and tried to take him into custody but the suspect pointed a gun at himself and tried to unzip the bullet proof vest he was wearing.

"From what I'm understanding, he was having some issues and was possibly suicidal and wanted law enforcement to assist with that," said Sheriff's Deputy Mark Gregory.

Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich revealed the man was a war veteran who had served a tour in Afghanistan and was awarded a Purple Heart for his service.