- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 5, 2016

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - The Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office says a Spokane police officer was justified in shooting a man who was pointing a BB gun at him at a motel.

The Spokesman-Review reports (https://goo.gl/hLFLlx ) the prosecutor’s office said Tuesday it was reasonable for Officer Shane Phillips to use deadly force on May 2.

Authorities say Aaron Johnson had called 911 several times to say a roommate was threatening him with weapons. Phillips and Officer Stephen Anderson went to Johnson’s room and took cover in the hallway when confronted with the realistic-looking gun.

Prosecutors say Johnson followed into the hallway with the weapon in a shooting position. Phillips told Johnson to stop and get on the floor, and fired when Johnson continued approaching him.

Phillips shot Johnson multiple times. Johnson was treated at a Spokane hospital and jailed four days later on assault charges.

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Information from: The Spokesman-Review, https://www.spokesman.com


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