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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.

Parents get invasive to protect kids online

Parents get invasive to protect kids online

Parents are looking for ways to monitor their children's social media activities after students at two area high schools received death threats from a fellow student.

Two days ago a 16-year-old Shadle Park High School student was arrested after she made threats to one of her fellow students as well as another student from a nearby district. Now school administrators are asking parents to make changes so that another incident doesn't occur.

In the Anderson household privacy while communicating, no matter what form, isn't really an option.

"It has always stood that I will monitor phones, internet, TV, video games," mother Shelley Anderson said.

Anderson's philosophy is if she doesn't have the passwords to it, her kids don't get to use it.

"It is invasive and it's my job as a parent to be invasive," she said.

Anderson added that because she actively monitors her kids, she doesn't have to worry about them being involved in an incident like the one her son's classmate was in that resulted in an arrest.

"There are certain times when I want my privacy but at the same time there's nothing bad," Shelley's son Joshua said.

Spokane Valley firefighters fight multiple fires hours apart

Spokane Valley firefighters fight multiple fires hours apart

Spokane Valley firefighters were busy putting out two separate fires early Tuesday morning.

The first fire burned a garage and an attic at a Spokane Valley home in the 14000 block of East 32nd Avenue. The fire broke out just after 1 a.m.

The homeowners woke up when they heard the fire crackling and called 911. When firefighters arrived they found fire in the garage and on the back side of the house near the kitchen. Extra crews were called in to help clean up.

One cat died in the garage fire. The family declined assistance from the Red Cross and will stay with family.

Fire officials say there is smoke damage inside the home. The cause of the fire was determined to be electrical. There is no estimate on damages yet.

The second fire broke out just a couple of hours later at a home on Valleyway and Mamer.

Firefighters arrived on the scene to find a large column of smoke coming from the garage. Two people who lived inside were able to make it out safely with a dog.

The Red Cross offered to assist the family as well, but they also declined help.

Fire crews are still investigating the cause of the second fire.

Spokane Valley teen arrested for making death threats

Spokane Valley teen arrested for making death threats

Spokane Valley Sheriff's Deputies arrested a 16-year-old girl for threatening to kill multiple students online on Sunday.

Deputies received a report that the teen was threatening to bring a gun to Barker High School and kill one or more students on Monday. Upon further investigation, deputies discovered the girl was making similar threats directed at a second student who attends Shadle Park High School. These threats were being made through Facebook.

University High School Resource Deputy Jeff Duncan and Central Valley Resource Officer Trevor Jones interviewed two potential victims, collected the Facebook evidence, and contacted the suspect.

After an interview with the teen, Deputy Duncan placed her under arrest for two counts of Felony Harassment - Threat to Kill. She was booked in Juvenile Detention on Sunday afternoon.

WSP: One person dead in collision on I-90

Washington State Patrol says one person has died in a single-vehicle collision at I-90 and Argonne in the westbound lanes.

The accident occured around 7 a.m. Monday.

State troopers say the person died as a result of a medical condition.

The site of the accident has since been cleared.