Spokane officers who killed suspect identified

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - The three Spokane police officers who shot and killed a homicide suspect this week had more than half a century of combined experience on the force.

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.