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Originally published Friday, May 17, 2013 at 9:06 PM

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Man killed by Spokane police is identified

Spokane police detectives say a man suspected in a fatal shooting refused to obey officers' commands and moved his hand toward his waistband. Police shot and killed the man.

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SPOKANE, Wash. —

Spokane police detectives say a man suspected in a fatal shooting refused to obey officers' commands and moved his hand toward his waistband. Police shot and killed the man.

The Spokesman-Review says ( http://is.gd/oqe029) 21-year-old Justin Cairns was confronted by Spokane police early Thursday in a field behind his Nine Mile Falls home. In their reports, detectives say Cairns refused commands to put his hands up and get down on his knees. They say he made gestures that appeared to be checking on a firearm in his waistband, then ran and jumped a fence.

Police reports say three officers confronted the man as he raced around the front of the house, identified themselves, and fired about five shots, killing him. The officers have been placed on leave.

Detectives say a semi-automatic gun was found in the grass where Cairns jumped the fence.

Police earlier found 33-year-old Cyrus Jones fatally wounded on a Spokane street. Officers went to Nine Mile Falls, about 20 miles away, after witnesses provided information about a possible suspect and vehicle.

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Information from: The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesman.com

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