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Investigation complete in March officer-involved shooting

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Stephen Corkery was shot and killed by police after a standoff on March 26, 2014 Stephen Corkery was shot and killed by police after a standoff on March 26, 2014
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SPOKANE, Wash. - The investigation into a March 2014 officer-involved shooting has been completed, and the case has been sent to the prosecutor's office for review. 

Trooper Jeff Sevigney announced in a press release on Thursday that the Spokane Investigative Regional Response Team (SIRR) completed their investigation into a shooting that took place in north Spokane on March 26, 2014. 

At the time, Spokane Police were investigating numerous armed robberies in the city, and had zeroed in on a suspect, 30-year-old Stephen Corkery. Police went to a home near Maple and Grace and found Corkery inside the home. After a short standoff that included talking with Corkery through a door, police say Corkery ignored commands to drop a gun he was holding, then came outside of the home towards officers and that's when they opened fire, killing Corkery. 

After the shooting, police search the home and recovered a black ski mask, a black semi-automatic handgun and several pieces of clothing described by store clerks who were robbed. Detectives later determined that Corkery was responsible for 10 armed robberies around Spokane from February to March.

Court documents also say Corkery wrote two notes and gave them to a friend after she confronted him about his possible involvement in the recent robberies. Court documents say Corkery told the friend, "When it all goes down, give the note to police."

One note, police say, said that Corkery was alone in the robberies he may be implicated in. The second note according to detectives was an apology letter to Corkery's friends and family.

Friends of Corkery's say he knew he was being investigated for the recent robberies and told them that he "was not going back to prison."

The Washington State Patrol was the lead investigating agency on this case.

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