Coroner identifies man shot, killed by deputies near Loon Lake

LOON LAKE, Wash. – The man shot and killed by Spokane County deputies near Loon Lake has been identified as 52-year-old Jeffery Smith. 

The Stevens County Coroner said Smith died of multiple gunshot wounds. 

The incident began on October 12 at a home east of Loon Lake. The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office said they received a report that Smith shot at a victim and threatened to kill that person. 

Smith reportedly then drove west and ended up near Loon Lake. 

The Stevens County Sheriff’s Office was later called to the scene and sent out an alert telling people to lock their doors and stay inside. 

Deputies said Smith, who was reportedly armed, then fled into a wooded area and began firing shots. 

SCSO said he was wearing body armor, which prompted them to bring the SWAT team to the area. 

Authorities then used a drone to track Smith. They received information from the drone operator who said Smith was heading toward them, which is when two Spokane deputies fired their weapons. 

Those two deputies have since been identified Stephan Blaakman and Alexx Bullion. They are on leave pending an investigation by the Spokane Independent Regional Response team. 

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