BODYCAM: Spokane Police Shoot Man Seeking Suicide

Local authorities deemed the fatal shooting justified

By Calibre Press  |   Sep 14, 2016


Body cam video released by Spokane Police on Tuesday shows a man determined to commit suicide by cops.

On April 28, 2016, Michael Kurtz was shot to death near the House of Charity after charging officers with a large knife.

Kurtz called 911, gave his location, and told dispatchers he wanted police to kill him so he could be with his recently deceased wife in heaven. Arriving officers found Kurtz facing a brick wall asking the cops to kill him.

Shots were fired just one minute and 22 seconds later.

Chris LeQuire is the first of three officers who responded to Kurtz’s call to 911 and immediately tried to talk the suicidal man down.

Partner, my name is Chris,” LeQuire says on video. “Man, what’s going on with you?”

“I just want to die,” yelled Kurtz.

“Well, we just want to help you, man,” LeQuire responded.

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