Update: Deputy Involved Shooting of Armed DV Suspect
The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office is releasing the names of the Spokane Valley Deputies involved in the Officer Involved Shooting (OIS) incident on March 8, 2020, in the 12100 block of E. Cataldo of Spokane Valley.
Deputy Jesse Depriest began his law enforcement career as a Reserve Deputy for the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office in 1993. He continued as a Reserve Deputy even after he was hired full-time in 1996 as a Corrections Deputy at the Spokane County Jail. In 1998, Deputy Depriest transferred to the Patrol Division, where he continues to serve our community. As a 23-year veteran of the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Depriest has been assigned to several specialty positions to include: Traffic Unit, Motor Unit, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit, School Resource Deputy Unit, Bike Patrol, and is currently assigned to Spokane Valley dayshift patrol as a Field Training Officer. He also provides instruction as a Reality-Based Training/Patrol Procedures Instructor, a Field Training Officer Instructor, and he has received several letters of appreciation, recognizing his professionalism and excellent work during his career. Prior to his law enforcement career, Deputy Depriest served in the United States Navy for five years.
Deputy Tim Jones started his law enforcement career with the Bellevue Police Department in 1997. Then he joined the Coeur d’Alene Police Department in 1999, where he was awarded the Medal of Honor, and a Letter of Commendation for deescalating and safely ending a situation involving a suicidal male threatening to jump from a bridge. Deputy Jones joined the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office in December of 2002, where he is currently assigned to day shift patrol in Spokane Valley and a member of the SWAT Team. He received a 2014 Unit Merit Award-SWAT Team as well as several letters of appreciation recognizing his professionalism and good work during his 20 plus year career.
Deputy Tyler Kullman is a 14-year veteran of law enforcement with the last 9+ years with the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office. He and his partner K9 Zeus are active members of the K9 Unit and also deploys with the SWAT Team as a K9 Team. Deputy Kullman is an instructor for Patrol Tactics and Reality-Based Training (RBT) and previously taught Defensive Tactics. In addition, he is a Certified Washington State K9 Instructor and K9 Instructor for the Sheriff’s Office. He has received a Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Certificate of Appreciation Award, an Annual Unit Merit Award-SWAT Team, and assisted during Canine for K9 Events, which were held in previous years.
Deputy Joseph Reno was hired by the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office in July of 2019. Previously he served from 2009-2014 on the west side of our state as a Washington State Patrol Trooper.
The Spokane Independent Investigative Response Team (SIIR) Team is comprised of agencies in Spokane County, including the Spokane Police Department, Washington State Patrol, Spokane Valley Police Department and the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.
In compliance with WAC 139-12, Spokane County Sheriff’s Office/Spokane Valley Police Department personnel will not be involved in this investigation.
- The Washington State Patrol is the case managing agency for this incident. All future communications will be sent via the SIIR Team.
- Once the SIIR Team investigation is complete, the case will be forwarded to the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office for review.