Shooting of Spokane homicide suspect justified

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- The Spokane County Prosecutor's Office says the fatal shooting of a Spokane homicide suspect by city police was justified.

Three officers shot and killed 21-year-old Justin Cairns on the front porch of his home last May. The prosecutor's office says he disregarded their commands; told them, "Shoot me"; and then reached for something in his waistband, which turned out to be a cell phone.

Cairns was wanted in the shooting of 33-year-old Cyrus C. Jones earlier that morning.

The prosecutor's office says the three officers -- Jake Jensen, Danny Lesser and Adam Valdez -- believed they were in mortal danger. Each fired multiple shots from their rifles.

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