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.
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.