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Officer names released from shooting at mall

02/21/2014

By MIKE HUFFMAN
Managing Editor

 

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office has released the names of the deputies involved in the shooting incident that occurred at Sullivan and Indiana the night of Feb. 11.
One of the officers, Brian Hirzel, fired the shot that killed a Spokane Valley pastor in August 2010.
The six deputies fired shots, killing 23-year-old Jedadiah Zillmer on the evening of Feb. 11 near Spokane Valley Mall, said Deputy Mark Gregory, sheriff’s office spokesman. Zillmer had already led law enforcement on a long car chase, called 9-1-1 and said he was suicidal, and threatened to kill civilians if officers didn’t kill him first.
Zillmer is a veteran of the war in Afghanistan and had received a Purple Heart after he was shot in the foot.
Zillmer had been wearing body armor and carrying three weapons at the time of the incident.
The Spokane Police Department is leading the investigation on the officer-involved shooting, as per multi-agency protocol.
The officers are:

  • Deputy Brett Hubbell, a 14 year sheriff’s office veteran and SWAT team leader. He received a Certificate of Appreciation in 2010 for his work with a bank robbery investigation. He’s also the sheriff’s office Patrol Procedures lead instructor and received over 10 letters internally documenting his good work and professionalism. Hubbel had three years of previous law enforcement experience before joining SCSO.
  • Deputy Jeff Thurman, a 12-year sheriff’s office veteran and K-9 handler with Laslo. He’s also the Emergency Vehicle Operations and Control (EVOC) Lead Instructor and subject matter expert for pursuit review. Thurman is also the sheriff’s office field training officer, patrol procedures instructor, and chief tactical flight officer for SCSO Air 1. He received the 2013 National Tactical Flight Officer of the Year Award by the Airborne Law Enforcement Association.
  • Deputy Dale Moyer, a seven-year sheriff’s office veteran and SWAT Team member. In 201, he received the Sheriff’s Star Award for his excellent work and professionalism. Moyer is also the sheriff’s office SWAT and Patrol Procedures instructor. He’s received three letters internally documenting his good work and professionalism and had 12 years of previous law enforcement experience before joining SCSO.
  • Deputy Ryan Walter, a seven-year sheriff’s office veteran and SWAT Team member. He’s received over 10 letters internally documenting his good work and professionalism. He had two years of previous law enforcement experience before joining SCSO.
  • Deputy Brian Hirzel, a five-year sheriff’s office veteran. He had 17 years of previous law enforcement experience before joining SCSO. However, many remember Hirzel as the officer who shot and killed 74-year-old Wayne Scott Creach, a 74-year-old pastor and owner of the Plant Farm, on his property. Hirzel -- who shot the armed Creach as he approached the officer, who was investigating prowling and break-ins in the area -- never faced criminal charges in the in the incident.
  • Deputy Randy Watts has been with the sheriff’s office for 10 months. Prior to joining SCSO, he served in the U.S. Navy

The investigation by the Spokane Investigative Regional Response Team continues.

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