SPOKANE — A former Wenatchee police officer was involved in a fatal shooting Jan. 23 in Spokane.
Spokane police officers Jordan Orrell and Tyler Fisher shot 46-year-old Dwight D. Steward six times when he refused commands to drop two knives he was holding, according to The Spokesman-Review.
Orrell, a Wenatchee officer for 11 years, and Fisher were responding to a report of a man threatening people with a gun, Spokane Police said in a news release.
When Orrell and Fisher found the man, later identified as Steward, he was armed with knives and reportedly disobeyed orders to drop the weapons as he moved toward the officers, according to The Spokesman.
Orrell and Fisher fired at Steward and then attempted life-saving measures. The shooting is under investigation.
Orrell worked for the Wenatchee Police Department from 2007 to April 2018 before joining Spokane Police. In 2013, he was nearly killed in the line of duty while wrestling a gun away from a Wenatchee man.
Orrell and Officer Justin Kissell were trying to restrain 24-year-old Jeffery Sutherland, who was wanted for a felony warrant, when Sutherland fired a handgun toward Orrell’s head. Kissell shot and killed Sutherland. Kissell was cleared of wrongdoing.