Man shot and killed in exchange with deputies near Bigelow Gulch Road last week identified

<p><p>A man who was shot and killed during an exchange of gunfire with Spokane County sheriff’s deputies last week has been identified as 43-year-old Michael Lee Dingman. </p></p><p><p>The deputies who fired their weapons were Kyle Leavenworth and Ashley Hood, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office. They are on administrative leave while the shooting is being investigated.</p></p><p><p>Dingman died from multiple gunshot wounds, and his cause of death is listed as homicide by the Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office.</p></p><p><p>Spokane Valley Police Chief and Undersheriff Dave Ellis said deputies spotted an older orange truck with stolen plates that did not match the truck just before 3 a.m. Friday. When they approached the truck, the driver fled.</p></p><p><p>The truck was found crashed with a female passenger inside, but the driver, Dingman, was gone, Ellis said. Deputies learned Dingman had multiple active arrest warrants, including unlawful possession of a firearm and burglary, according to a news release from the Spokane Police Department, which is leading the investigation into the incident.</p></p><p><p>Deputies searched for him, later finding him hiding outside a house on Bigelow Gulch Road, where investigators say Dingman stole weapons.</p></p><p><p>Dingman and deputies exchanged gunfire, leaving Dingman dead, Ellis said. No deputies were hit.</p></p><p><p>Dingman was a sex offender who had multiple criminal convictions in Spokane dating back to 2001. He was charged with burglary in March and unlawful possession of a firearm in June. There was an active warrant for his arrest on those cases at the time of his death, according to court records.</p></p><p><p>Hood was hired at the sheriff’s office in October. She was a deputy at the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department in California for three years before coming to Spokane.</p></p><p><p>She was working with her field training officer, Leavenworth, who supervised her during her probationary period.</p></p><p><p>Leavenworth joined the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office in 2016. He has since become a field training officer, reality based training instructor and firearms instructor for the sheriff’s office.</p></p>