SIIR Team Investigating Officer-Involved Shooting Incident on September 4, 2022
The Spokane Independent Investigation Response (SIIR) Team continues the independent investigation into the Officer-involved shooting incident that occurred on September 4, 2022.
SIIR Investigators remained at the scene of the incident, located in the 2900 block of E. Wabash Avenue, for several hours as they conducted interviews and collected evidence with Spokane County Sheriff’s Forensic Unit personnel and the Washington State Crime Scene Response (CSR) Team.
SIIR Team Investigators recovered three firearms from the immediate area where the shooting occurred.
The Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed the identity of the deceased male as 41-year-old Robert W. Bradley.
On September 4, 2022, at approximately 10:00 pm., Spokane Police Department Officers responded to a request to serve an Anti-Harassment Court Order to the caller’s neighbor, Robert W. Bradley. The caller (petitioner of the order) said Bradley (respondent of the order) had returned home and was walking around with what he described as an AR-type rifle.
Due to the events leading up to the Anti-Harassment Order being issued by the courts, combined with the caller advising Bradley was armed with a rifle, several Officers responded.
As Officers approached the rear of the residence, they observed a large van with the passenger’s side door open. As the Officers, in full uniform, approached the van, they observed Bradley at the open door/cabin area of the van. Moments later, Officers advised shots had been fired, and Bradley was down.
Once the scene was safe, Officers began life-saving efforts and cleared medics to the location. Medical personnel continued life-saving measures, and Bradley was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Other Officers at the scene began checking the welfare of people in the surrounding homes to ensure no one else was injured.
The Officer-Involved Protocol was enacted, and the scene was secured pending the arrival of the SIIR Team. The SIIR Team, Spokane County Forensics Unit, and the Washington State CSR Team remained at the scene throughout the evening as they collected evidence and interviewed witnesses for the investigation. SIIR Investigators recovered three firearms from the immediate area where the shooting occurred.
Per standard protocol, the two Spokane Police Officers who fired their weapons were placed on administrative leave. Officers were equipped with body cameras at the time of the incident.
No other citizens or law enforcement were injured during this incident.
The SIIR Team is comprised of agencies in Spokane County, including the Washington State Patrol, Spokane Valley Police Department, Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, the Airway Heights Police Department, and the Spokane Police Department.
As the involved agency, Spokane Police Department personnel will not be involved in this investigation, in compliance with WAC 139.
- The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office is the managing agency in this incident. All future communications for this incident will be sent via the SIIR Team.
- The Spokane Police Department will release the names of the officers involved in this incident.
- Once the SIIR Team investigation is complete, the case will be forwarded to the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office for review.