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Spokane Police Investigate Officer-Involved Shooting

Doug Nadvornick/SPR

(Updated at 11:05 am)

Spokane police are investigating the fatal shooting of a suspect believed to be connected to an armed robbery at the Safeway store on Northwest Boulevard Tuesday morning.

Police spokesman John O'Brien says the suspect assaulted a store employee as he left the grocery store. O'Brien says the man fired at least one shot in the direction of witnesses who attempted to follow him.

The suspect got in his car and took off. O'Brien says police located him. He says the suspect's car hit a police vehicle near Madison and Sinto. The man got out and took off on foot. An officer fired and hit the man. The suspect died at the scene. The location is adjacent to the studios of Spokane Public Radio.

The names of the officers and the shooting victim have not yet been released. Because the shooting involved an officer, the multi-agency Spokane Investigative Regional Response Team has joined the case.

Steve was part of the Spokane Public Radio family for many years before he came on air in 1999. His wife, Laurie, produced Radio Ethiopia in the late 1980s through the '90s, and Steve used to “lurk in the shadowy world” of Weekend SPR. Steve has done various on air shifts at the station, including nearly 15 years as the local Morning Edition host. Currently, he is the voice of local weather and news during All Things Considerd, writing, editing, producing and/or delivering newscasts and features for both KPBX and KSFC. Aside from SPR, Steve ,who lives in the country, enjoys gardening, chickens, playing and listening to music, astronomy, photography, sports cars and camping.
Doug Nadvornick has spent most of his 30+-year radio career at Spokane Public Radio and filled a variety of positions. He is currently the program director and news director. Through the years, he has also been the local Morning Edition and All Things Considered host (not at the same time). He served as the Inland Northwest correspondent for the Northwest News Network, based in Coeur d’Alene. He created the original program grid for KSFC. He has also served for several years as a board member for Public Media Journalists Association. During his years away from SPR, he worked at The Pacific Northwest Inlander, Washington State University in Spokane and KXLY Radio.