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Posted on: November 25, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Update: Sunday Night’s Deputies-Involved Shooting

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Update: Sunday Night’s Deputies-Involved Shooting


The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office is releasing the Deputy's name involved in the shooting incident, which occurred on November 22, 2020, at Sprague and University in Spokane Valley.


Deputy Thomas Walton joined the Sheriff’s Office in September of 2017 as a Lateral Deputy.  He is currently a Field Training Officer (FTO), a Reality Based Training (RBT) Instructor, and a member of the SWAT Team.  


Before joining our agency, he began his law enforcement career in 2012 with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office, where he worked in Court Services, Corrections, Patrol, and the Special Enforcement Bureau (SWAT).  


In addition, he honorably served our Country in the United States Marine Corps (5 years active/2 years reserves).


The SIIR Team continues to investigate the incident.  The SIIR Team is comprised of multiple agencies in eastern Washington, including the Spokane Police Department, the Washington State Patrol, Liberty Lake Police Department, Airway Heights Police Department, and the Spokane County Sheriff's Office.

  • The Spokane Police Department is the managing agency in this incident. All future communications regarding this incident will be sent via the SIIR Team.

Once the SIIR Team investigation is complete, the case will be forwarded to the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office for review.  

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