06/23/2011

Deputy cleared in Wash. shooting

Internal investigation determined the sheriff's deputy followed departmental policy

By Thomas Clouse
Spokane Spokesman Review

SPOKANE, Wash. — The Spokane County sheriff's deputy who shot a 74-year-old Spokane Valley pastor last year will face no disciplinary action over the fatal encounter.

Deputy Brian Hirzel followed all departmental policies and procedures during the Aug. 25 encounter with Wayne Scott Creach, Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said Wednesday in announcing the results of his internal investigation. He met with members of the Creach family earlier in the day to advise them of the findings.

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