Four seconds. That was the amount of time between an armed robbery suspect walking out of a house, officers telling him to drop his weapon and more than a dozen shots being fired, killing him.
Late Thursday afternoon the Spokane County Medical Examiner identified the man shot by Spokane Police Wednesday evening as Stephen Corkery, 30, of Spokane.
A standoff began just before 7 p.m., when Corkery noticed police activity and came to the door of a residence in the 1500 block of West Grace. Police used a patrol car public address system to talk with him, telling him they were obtaining a warrant for his arrest as a suspect in multiple armed robberies across Spokane.
Washington State Patrol Trooper Jeff Sevigney said Corkery stepped outside the house, armed with a handgun, and that's when police ordered him to drop the weapon and surrender. He refused.
"At some point the officers believed that their safety and the safety of the community was at risk, and they engaged the individual," Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub said.