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Officers’ Help Saved Shootout Suspect

An FN 5.7 carbine rifle with a 50-round magazine, left and an AK-47 with a high-capacity drum magazine were found in Marcus A. Rael's possession after the Arizona man was injured during a gun battle with North Idaho police on Interstate 90 last month. Rael fired first with one of the two semi-automatic weapons in his possession. He is being held at the Kootenai County jail on $1 million bond. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

A North Idaho sheriff says a gunman who opened fire on police last month and was shot in return is probably alive thanks to the quick aid provided by officers on the scene. “Officers involved on that Sunday night showed great resolve and are a testament to their professionalism,” Bonner County Sheriff Daryl Wheeler said Wednesday. “An example of that professionalism was when officers immediately provided life-saving measures to the suspect who minutes earlier was trying to kill them.” Wheeler, whose office is leading the investigation of the June 22 shootout in Post Falls, revealed more details about the confrontation with Marcus Rael, who’s from Glendale, Arizona/Scott Maben, SR. More here.

Question: Anyone out there see any fault in the officers' conduct before/during/after the shoutout with suspect Rael?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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