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Chattaroy Man Hospitalized After Altercation With Sheriff's Deputy

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A Spokane County Sheriff Deputy is on administrative leave after a confrontation that left a Chattaroy landowner in the hospital.

According to a press release from the Sheriff’s office, the landowner called law enforcement after discovering a theft on his property. After calling the sheriff’s office, he went to his property to secure it, and was armed. According to the release, the Sheriff’s Office was not informed that he had returned.

When the deputy arrived he was confronted by the landowner. A few minutes the deputy reported that shots were fired. The property owner was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound.

The deputy, whose identity has not been released, has been placed on administrative leave. Sheriff's deputies are not equipped with body cameras. A special team that includes the State Patrol and other police departments around the region are investigating the shooting.