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Police Say They Gave Robbery Suspect Repeated Commands To Drop Gun

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Spokane Police say they gave robbery suspect Stephen Corkery multiple commands to drop his gun before opening fire. Spokane Police say they gave robbery suspect Stephen Corkery multiple commands to drop his gun before opening fire.
SPOKANE, Wash. - In a release sent out on Monday, Spokane Police say they gave robbery suspect Stephen Corkery repeated verbal commands to drop the gun he was holding in his hand before they felt they had to open fire. 

Monique Cotton stated in the press release that Corkery established contact with officers at around 7:00pm on March 26, 2014. Cotton said that during negotiations, while Corkery was visible through the front door of the home, he was given repeated verbal commands to come out of the house and surrender peacefully. Police say when Corkery came out of the house on to the front porch he was holding a gun and refused to drop it. Cotton said the officers believed Corkery posed a threat to the safety of the community and other officers and they fired their guns, hitting Corkery. 

A SWAT Team medic provided immediate care to Corkery, who later died from his injuries. 

Home video shot by bystanders shows Corkery getting shot almost immediately after coming out of the front door. In their statement released on Monday, Spokane Police reiterated they made repeated attempts to negotiate with Corkery through the door while he was inside the home, within close proximity to officers.
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