- Associated Press - Friday, September 25, 2020

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Police say two Spokane officers shot a man to death Thursday afternoon while trying to arrest him.

Police went to a motel to arrest the man, who was suspected on Monday of breaking into his ex’s residence and firing a weapon, and on Wednesday assaulting that person, among other crimes, The Spokesman-Review reported.

Sgt. Teresa Fuller said the man arrived at the motel in an RV. As he exited, police said he was armed with a pistol.

Fuller said there was “an exchange of words” between the officers and the man before officers fired at him. She said she could not say if the man fired a weapon.

Police said the man died despite a surgeon’s efforts. The Spokane County Medical Examiner identified him as 43-year-old Erik Mahoney. The cause of death was listed as multiple gunshot wounds, and the manner was listed as homicide.

The Spokane Independent Investigation Response Team, made up of law enforcement from several local agencies, is investigating the shooting, police said.

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