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Man shot and killed by SWAT team Sunday morning identified

August 23, 2018

A man shot by a group of Spokane County Sheriff’s SWAT team members Sunday morning in Spokane Valley has been identified as Bryan C. Bayne.

Bayne, 42, died of multiple gunshot wounds, the Spokane County Medical Examiner ruled. The manner of death is listed as a homicide.

A news release sent Thursday by the Spokane Investigative Regional Response Team said seven deputies on the team have been placed on administrative leave as per protocol, suggesting Bayne was fired at or shot by at least seven members of law enforcement. The release says the group fired a mixture of lethal and non-lethal rounds.

Bayne was killed at about 10:30 a.m. after witnesses reported a man acting erratic and holding a gun to his head after having broken out the windows of his truck about two hours earlier, while parked at a Mobil gas station near the intersection of Trent Avenue and Evergreen Road Sunday morning.

During the standoff, deputies said Bayne ignored commands from officers, moved the handgun around the vehicle and placed it to his head.

After moving closer to the vehicle, SWAT members “perceived an imminent threat and fired their weapons,” according to department news releases. Deputies didn’t discover Bayne was killed until they re-approached the vehicle with another plan to deescalate.

Bayne was pronounced dead at the scene.

A search of court records shows Bayne was recently evicted by Dezda Finn Properties, a Spokane property management company. Records show he lost an eviction hearing on Aug. 3, 2018.

This incident is the third deputy-involved shooting since July 25, when Richard R. Bahr, 54, was shot and killed after kidnapping a woman and reportedly attempting to run over a deputy with his vehicle in East Central.

Josh A. Martin, 31, was shot and killed by a deputy after crashing his truck in the area of North Sherman Road and West Findley Road in northern Spokane County and saying he wanted to kill himself. After arriving on scene, a deputy said Martin grabbed at a handgun and raised it toward the deputy, who first fired his weapon.

Staff writer Will Campbell contributed to this report.

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