SPOKANE, Wash. — The man shot dead by Spokane police earlier this week was 23-year-old Peterson Kamo, court records show.
Spokane police responded to a home in the Chief Garry Park neighborhood Monday afternoon to a report that Kamo held a knife to a child’s throat.
According to a search warrant, Kamo’s mother called 911 for help. She made comments about the death of a son, but police said there was a language barrier and they struggled to confirm what she was saying.
Officers arrived at a duplex on E Desmet near N Stone and contacted family members. The search warrant says an officer saw Kamo inside holding a knife to the small child’s throat. The child was not injured.
Court records show officers tried to defuse the situation, but Kamo went upstairs with the child. Based on information gathered at the scene, officers were concerned that Kamo was trying to light a kerosene canister, which could cause an explosion.
Officers eventually entered the house and found Kamo. The search warrant indicates that shots were fired by officers and that Kamo was hit, although it does not specify how many officers fired their weapons.
Kamo was taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center, where he died.
Spokane police have yet to identify the officers involved in the shooting. Spokane’s Independent Investigation Team has now taken over the investigation.
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