The investigation is ongoing on how a man initially thought to be brandishing a knife – but it turned out to be a set of car keys, instead – was shot and killed by Spokane Valley Police last week.
Edward Gover was shot by police after a brief chase in the back yard of his girlfriend in the area of the 1300 block of North Skipworth Court on Sept. 5.
Gover had apparently stabbed his girlfriend the night before, and she called police to report the incident the next morning. Officers arrived about 10:20 a.m. to take her report, and as they were talking Gover arrived in a black Mercedes belonging to the woman.
Gover drove off with police in pursuit, but the suspect jumped out of the car after a block and a half. He ran back to the house where the confrontation with police took place.
The Spokane Police Department – as per interagency protocol regarding law-enforcement shootings – is investigating the matter. A department spokeswoman said deputies believed the man to be homicidal, suicidal and possibly armed. One deputy fired five rounds when Gover advanced on them, according to Officer Jennifer DeRuwe.