The department identified them Friday as Sgt. John Gately, who has served 23 years; Detective Neil Gallion, a 20-year veteran; and Officer Jay Kernkamp, a SWAT medic who has been with Spokane police eight years.
The three shot 37-year-old Jeremy Arnold on Tuesday after he drove through a police barricade as officers were investigating the death of a woman inside the home. Arnold, who had a long criminal history, stepped out of a truck holding an object that police said appeared to be a firearm.
The victim, 46-year-old Tracy Fergerstrom, was stabbed.