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Posted on: October 3, 2017

[ARCHIVED] UPDATE: Officer Arrested on Domestic Violence Charge


UPDATE: Officer Arrested on Domestic Violence Charge


Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Domestic Violence Detective reviews domestic violence allegations and requests additional charges of Unlawful Imprisonment and Assault 4th Degree (2 counts) to be added, and the original charge of Assault 4th Degree, initially dismissed/declined, to be recharged.  

On July 11, 2017, Assault 4th DV charges stemming from John J. Scott arrest on July 10, 2017 were dropped following a request by the prosecutor due to a lack of information to prove beyond a reasonable doubt Scott committed a crime.

The same day, the charges were dismissed; Domestic Violence Detective Mike Ricketts obtained a copy of the report and began to review the incident.  Within the next few days, Detective Ricketts reviewed the Lethality Assessment Card (LAP) which provided additional information regarding the history of domestic violence incidents between Scott and the victim.  (The LAP program is a domestic violence screening process designed to help identify and assess the risk of a victim’s potential danger of being seriously injured or killed by an intimate partner)


Concerned about the information received on the LAP card, Detective Ricketts notified Spokane Police Department Officials of the information and continued the investigation.

Yesterday, October 2, 2017, Detective Ricketts forwarded his findings to the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office for their review.  In his Affidavit of Facts, he recommends Scott be charged with the following:

Assault 4th Degree (DV) from an incident on August 16, 2016. (previously unreported to SCSO)

Assault 4th Degree (DV) and Unlawful Imprisonment (DV) from an incident on April 3, 2017. (previously unreported to SCSO)

Assault 4th Degree (DV) for the incident where deputies previously arrested Scott on July 10, 2017.  

 The Prosecutor’s Office is in the process of reviewing these recommendations and the concluded/complete investigation.    


Original Press Release from July 11, 2017:


Officer Arrested on Domestic Violence Charge

Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 51-year-old John J. Scott, a Spokane Police Officer, for one count of misdemeanor Assault 4th Degree (DV).

On July 10, 2017, at approximately 11:55 p.m., Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to a residence in North Spokane County regarding a domestic disturbance.

Deputies arrived and conducted interviews with the persons involved and witnesses. At the conclusion of the investigation, Scott was determined to be the primary aggressor and he was arrested.

Medics were not needed during this incident.

Scott was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Assault 4th Degree (DV). The Spokane Police Department was notified of this incident and subsequent arrest.

As this is a misdemeanor charge, the investigation was forwarded to the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Officer for review.


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