SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash – Just days after his death, the family of Roy Jacobs Junior, 48, is reaching out to KHQ to share their story about what happened that fateful morning.
Jacobs was shot and killed by a Spokane County Sheriff's Deputy, identified in court documents as Deputy Jerad Kiehn, after he called deputies to turn himself in on a warrant.
Deputies say Jacobs was holding a foot-long knife, and was clearly intoxicated. They say when they arrived, they saw Jacobs struggling with a woman seated in a chair. They ordered him to drop the knife, but they report he didn't, and was "holding the knife up in a threatening manner" before Deputy Kiehn fired two shots.
"I'm ruined, it's broken me, I'm crushed," Roy Jacobs' brother, Bruce Jacobs, told KHQ.
Court records show Jacobs did not have a criminal record – he was wanted on a civil warrant for "ongoing failure to pay child support and his share of medical expenses."
Jacobs' family tells KHQ he was facing two days in jail, but was afraid of going, and had been drinking in the hours before he called deputies to come pick him up.
"It just went from normality to chaos in a matter of seconds," Bruce Jacobs said, who witnessed the entire exchange that lead to his brother's death.
Bruce wants to make it very clear, he is not anti-police; however, he maintains his brother was sitting in a chair 18 feet away from the deputies at the door when he was shot. He believes a taser or stun gun should have been used instead.
"The first time they shot him, that was enough, they shot him in the stomach, then he slumped over," he said. "Why did they shoot him again?"
Bruce says despite the police report, there was never a struggle, and that his brother was not holding the knife. He says it was left in its sheath in the chair he was sitting in.
"He had to be in this chair for the bullets to end up where they're at. Had to be," he said, pointing out a bullet hole in his chair, and the spot on the wall where the bullet continued into the drywall.
"I could see, if he was up rushing them, they're in danger. But that's not the case. He was sitting in this chair and got killed," Bruce said. "I'm not anti-cop, I'm not a mean guy… In my opinion, they just jumped the gun.
The Jacobs family tells KHQ they hope Roy Jacobs' death will spark re-training for officers to use non-lethal force whenever possible.
Of course, deputies have to make a split-second decision too, and we may never know what they were thinking and feeling in those moments.
Court records show detectives seized a large knife, sheath, and two .45 shell casings from the apartment that morning, among other items.
The multi-agency investigation into the shooting continues.