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Report: Vet killed by deputies had multiple guns

Feb. 14, 2014 - 09:07AM   |  
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SPOKANE, WASH. — A law enforcement team investigating the fatal shooting of a despondent 23-year-old Army veteran by Spokane County sheriff’s deputies says the man was holding one gun when he was shot and carrying two more.

A statement Thursday from the Spokane Investigative Regional Response team says Jedadiah Zillmer was wearing a “ballistic-style vest” and several other weapons were visible in his vehicle, which has not yet been searched.

The team says six deputies fired; they have not yet been identified. An autopsy said Zillmer died of multiple gunshot wounds.

Spokane police said they received a 911 call Tuesday evening from a man indicating he was suicidal, had weapons and wanted law enforcement officers to kill him.

Zillmer drove eastbound on Interstate 90, turned around in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and returned to the Spokane area, where the confrontation took place.

The Spokesman-Review says Zillmer was wounded in Afghanistan. He reportedly had been denied disability benefits by the Army and was a plaintiff in a lawsuit over that decision.

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