UPDATE: Disturbance At Oz Fitness On Spokane's South Hill - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

ADVERTISEMENT
Bookmark and Share

UPDATE: Disturbance At Oz Fitness On Spokane's South Hill

Posted: Updated:
SPOKANE, Wash. -

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE SPOKANE INVESTIGATIVE REGIONAL RESPONSE TEAM: Detectives continue to investigate the altercation that led to the death of William Berger, that occurred June 6, 2013 in the area of 55th and Regal.

Detectives are still working to interview all the witnesses that observed the incident, and have obtained two search warrants relating to this investigation. Two Spokane County Sheriff's Office (SCSO) deputies responded to the incident after receiving calls of Berger being disorderly at the OZ Fitness at 5501 S Regal.

The first deputy arrived and contacted Berger in the middle of the street. Berger began striking the deputy's vehicle. The deputy attempted to calm Berger but Berger took a fighting stance. The deputy deployed his taser, causing Berger to fall to the ground. Berger then stood up, removed the taser probes and wire. Berger then ran a short distance when he observed another SCSO deputy arriving.

Both deputies engaged Berger at which point Berger continued to be confrontational with the deputies. Berger was tased two more times and fell to the ground. The taser effect was not long lasting and Berger continued to fight.

A deputy was able to place Berger in a lateral vascular restraint (LVR) but Berger pulled the deputy's arm away as they fought. During the fight Berger got control of one of the tasers and attempted to use it against one of the deputies. As the struggle continued the deputy was able to regain control of Berger applying the LVR. Berger stopped resisting, at which time deputies noticed that he had stopped breathing.

EMS personnel were already on scene, and with the assistance of the deputies, Berger was revived and transported to Sacred Heart Medical Center. Berger was pronounced dead the next morning. The two SCSO deputies sustained several cuts and bruises from the altercation.

Both deputies were treated and released. The Spokane Investigative Regional Response team continues to investigate all aspects of this case. Detectives will continue to interview witnesses and gather evidence from all parties involved. Anyone who has information is asked to call the Washington State Patrol at 509 227-6640.

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office requested this incident be investigated by the Spokane Investigative Regional Response team which is comprised of detectives from the Spokane Police Department, Spokane County Sheriff's Office and the Washington State Patrol. The Washington State Patrol is the managing agency for this investigation.

HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Spokane Valley Police Department warning citizens of 'workers' potentially casing homes

    Spokane Valley Police Department warning citizens of 'workers' potentially casing homes

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 4:03 PM EDT2018-06-19 20:03:02 GMT

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - BOLO: Be on the lookout! Spokane Valley Police say they're looking into a possible scam situation after a man said two people came to his home and claimed to be employees of the home security company he uses.

    More >>

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - BOLO: Be on the lookout! Spokane Valley Police say they're looking into a possible scam situation after a man said two people came to his home and claimed to be employees of the home security company he uses. They told him they needed to check out the system, to make sure it was up to date. The homeowner later called the security company and learned they don't have any employees going door to door to contact customers. 

    More >>
  • Man wanted on murder charge out of New York, arrested in Spokane

    Man wanted on murder charge out of New York, arrested in Spokane

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 3:40 PM EDT2018-06-19 19:40:57 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash.- WSP Troopers arrested a 32-year-old man in Spokane, who was wanted out of Rochester, New York on a murder charge.  According to court documents, Robert Norry is accused of murdering his girlfriend back on June 13. 

    More >>

    SPOKANE, Wash.- WSP Troopers arrested a 32-year-old man in Spokane, who was wanted out of Rochester, New York on a murder charge.  According to court documents, Robert Norry is accused of murdering his girlfriend back on June 13. 

    More >>
  • Grant County Sheriff's Office: Moses Lake Police investigating Frontier Middle School girl's suicide

    Grant County Sheriff's Office: Moses Lake Police investigating Frontier Middle School girl's suicide

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 2:45 PM EDT2018-06-19 18:45:56 GMT

    MOSES LAKE, Wash. - A Frontier Middle School student took her own life this week and now the Moses Lake Police Department is investigating the circumstances surrounding her death, according to the Grant County Sheriff's Office. 

    More >>

    MOSES LAKE, Wash. - A Frontier Middle School student took her own life this week and now the Moses Lake Police Department is investigating the circumstances surrounding her death, according to the Grant County Sheriff's Office.  The Sheriff's Office posted a message from the Grant County Health District on Monday in an effort to spread the word about suicide prevention following the news of the girl's death.  

    More >>