Prosecutors: Officers justified in fatal November shooting

April 5, 2018

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Officials say two Spokane police officers were justified in using deadly force in a shooting.

Officials say Officers David Stone and Brent Armstrong were attempting to contact/arrest James Danforth just before 8 p.m. on Nov. 28 while responding to a report of domestic violence.

While Stone and Armstrong were sitting in their patrol cars across the street from the house, they saw a man matching Danforth’s description. Both officers got out and asked Danforth to show them his hands. He did not comply.

The Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office says Danforth was fatally shot after he fired a gunshot at Stone and Armstrong through his jacket pocket.

Prosecutors say Danforth represented a serious and immediate threat to the officers and persons inside the home, who he had already assaulted. No criminal charges will be filed.

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