Nursery Owner Killed By Police Officer

Nursery Owner Killed By Police Officer

The owner of the Plant Farm and Creach Greenhouse in Spokane Valley, Wash., was shot and killed by a Spokane Valley police officer late Wednesday night, August 25, police told local news media.

W. Scott Creach was 74 years old and a Southern Baptist pastor who lived next door to his nursery. According to a story in The Spokesman-Review, someone from the nursery had requested earlier in the day extra patrols there. An officer went to the business and parked an unmarked car in the parking lot before midnight.

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Creach approached the officer and a confrontation ensued, police told the newspaper. The officer fired his weapon. A handgun was found on the ground next to Creach after the shooting.

Creach’s son, Alan Creach, said in a statement to local media that his father suspected the driver of the vehicle was a prowler. "We have suffered a terrible tragedy," he said. "We are going to miss him."

A worker at the greenhouse told the newspaper that Creach had been protecting his property for 15 years and had gone out at night to check on the land armed with a gun.

The Spokane Police Department is investigating the shooting.

Read more of the story on the Spokesman-Review website.