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The Spokane Investigative Regional Response Team (SIRR Team) continues to investigate the deputy involved shooting that occurred on the night of February 11, 2014.

New information is as follows:

Investigators have finished processing the scene (at the intersection of Indiana and Sullivan) and collected evidence at the location.

The identity of the deceased individual has been released by the Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office. He is identified as 23-year-old Jedadiah Zillmer.

Zillmer was holding one gun at the time of the shooting. Two additional weapons were located on his person. Additionally Zillmer was wearing a ballistic-style vest.

Six deputies fired their service weapons during the incident. Multiple other law enforcement officers from various agencies witnessed the incident.

Several weapons were visible within Zillmer’s vehicle. A search of the vehicle will be completed in the coming days.

Detectives are in the process of interviewing involved deputies and other witnesses.

Investigators are asking that anyone who witnessed the incident or has additional information to contact Crime Check at 456-2233.

The Spokane Police Department is the managing agency in this incident. All future communications on this incident will be sent out via the SIRR Team.

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office will release the names of the deputies involved in this incident.

Once the SIRR Team investigation is complete the case will be forwarded to the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office for review.

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SPOKANE, Wash. - According to court documents Jed Zillmer was one of eight soldiers who sued the army after they were denied disability benefits following traumatic experiences in combat. Family told KHQ on Wednesday that Zillmer had been shot in the foot and ultimately experienced a partial amputation to one of his toes.

Zillmer was shot and killed on Wednesday, just about an hour after he called police saying he wanted to die from a suicide by law enforcement. Zillmer pulled off the Sullivan exit in Spokane Valley and that is where six deputies fired. Zillmer had several guns in his possession and was also wearing a bulletproof vest.

Zillmer was awarded a purple heart following his time served in Afghanistan. The lawsuit alleged that the Army denied the benefits simply because the practicing medical professional didn't check the appropriate boxes indicating the struggles he was experiencing. A federal judge ultimately upheld the Army's decision to not extend the benefits to Zillmer and others.
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