A Stevens County Sheriff’s Deputy shot and killed a man in Hunters last week while responding to a domestic situation near the Hunters-Shop road. According to the Spokane Investigative Regional Response (SIRR) Team, on August 19 at approximately 7 p.m. Stevens County Deputies were responding to a domestic situation in the 4900 block of Hunters-Shop Rd in Hunters. The suspect, Jason T. Hale, 29, had a felony conviction, was armed and also had a felony warrant for his arrest.
Stevens County Sheriff’s Deputies located the suspect who fled on foot. An altercation ensued and Hale produced the firearm. In response, one deputy fired his weapon striking Hale. Life saving measures were attempted, but Hale died from his injuries, according to SIRR. Stevens County Sheriff Kendle Allen said the county will not be releasing the name of the deputy involved until SIRR has completed more of their investigation.
No other citizens or deputies were injured during the incident.
The incident continues to be an active and ongoing investigation. SIRR detectives and Spokane County Forensic Unit Technicians will continue to process evidence, interview witnesses and interview the deputies involved with this incident.
The SIRR Team is comprised of multiple agencies in Eastern Washington, including the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, Washington State Patrol, Spokane Police Department, and Airway Heights Police Department.
By Jamie Henneman, The Independent Staff