SPOKANE, Wash. - Last week the family of Jason Poss filed a complaint against the City of Spokane and two officers, after he was shot and killed in a confrontation almost three years ago.
Breean Beggs, the attorney representing the family and estate of Jason Poss explains what led up to his death the afternoon of July 10th, 2009.
Earlier in the day residents near the 1800 block of East Courtland called 911 saying a man acting erratically in their neighborhood had stabbed a dog and hit a woman with a skateboard. Armed with a kitchen knife, Poss was shot and killed by police a short time later, when they say he refused to put down his knife and made a slashing motion toward them.
After an investigation, the coroner found cocaine, cannabis and hydrocodone in Poss's system.
An investigation, conducted by the Sheriff's department concluded that the officers involved were found to be justified in the shooting of the armed man.
Unhappy with the investigation into the shooting, Poss's family has filed a formal complaint against two of the three officers involved and the city, one week before the three year statute of limitations is up.
They say the bullet that killed their son was fired after he had already been hit and was lying on the ground unarmed.
They are hoping for a full and independent investigation by the court that includes witness testimony and the coroner's report, which is something they say was not a part of the original investigation.
We contacted the Sheriff's Department about the investigation and they released this statement:
"The Sheriff's office conducts every investigation completely and thoroughly. In a major incident such as this one, protocol is activated and the Spokane Investigative Regional Response Team conducts the investigation."
Once the investigation is complete, investigators forward the case file to the Spokane County Prosecutor's office, who performs an independent review to determine if the force used was necessary and reasonable."
the City of Spokane now has a month to respond to this complaint. If this does go to trial it could take up to 18 months before coming to a resolution.