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Eric Byron Johnston died of multiple gunshot wounds in Sunday morning’s confrontation with a Coeur d’Alene police officer, the county coroner said, but investigators are not yet disclosing how many times the Dalton Gardens man was shot. Witnesses described hearing up to five shots. Johnston’s body has been released to his family, and they are making arrangements for a funeral this Saturday afternoon. The Idaho State Police also has not named the officer who shot Johnston inside the apartment of a friend near downtown Coeur d’Alene/Scott Maben, SR.
A submitted photo (from Wendy Woods) of her friend Eric Byron Johnston, the man shot and killed Sunday morning by a Coeur d'Alene Police officer. (Courtesy of Wendy Woods)
Wendy Woods stood next to her blood-soaked carpet this morning and cried for the loss of her close friend, Eric Byron Johnston, who was shot and killed Sunday morning by a Coeur d’Alene police officer. “He was so funny, so sweet – the most reliable friend in my life,” Woods said. “And for them to just come here and shoot him dead like that? It’s sickening.” Other friends and family members reacted today with shock and anger over the shooting inside an apartment at 1422 E. Young Ave., north of Sanders Beach. “Eric was like the backbone in my company,” said Charles Ray Larsen III, who owns Ray’s Rooftop Moss Removal in Coeur d’Alene. “Eric was the kind of person that wouldn’t step on an ant – a quiet, gentle soul.” Johnston, 35, a Dalton Gardens resident, was shot multiple times from about 10 feet away as he clutched a serrated kitchen knife, according to accounts of the confrontation shortly before 8 a.m./Scott Maben, SR. More here.
Sources tell The Spokesman-Review that the man shot and killed Sunday by a Coeur d’Alene police officer was Eric Byron Johnston, 35, of Dalton Gardens. Johnston worked at a mechanic at Complete AutoCare in Dalton Gardens and also worked for his brother-in-law at Ray’s Rooftop Moss Removal in Coeur d’Alene. David Larsen, a close friend and coworker at Complete AutoCare, said Johnston was soft-spoken and a hard worker. “Just a good guy all around, you know, give the shirt off his back to help you out,” he said. Johnston was shot shortly before 8 a.m. Sunday at the apartment of a friend at 1422 E. Young Ave., north of Sanders Beach and west of the Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course. Police said he had smashed his pickup truck into an Avista Utilities pole, severing it at the base, a block and a half away from there about a half hour earlier/Scott Maben, SR. More here.
City sources confirm to KHQ's Dylan Wohlenhaus, the Spirit Lake police chief has resigned his position effective Wednesday, nearly 5 months after a sexual harassment tort claim was filed. KHQ reached out to Mayor Todd Clary who said Lawless has resigned his position for “personal reasons” and is no longer employed by the city. KHQ also reached out to Patrick Lawless but calls were not returned. The former chief was also being investigated for child abuse allegations in Post Falls involving his girlfriends children. No charges were ever filed against Lawless/Dylan Wohlenhaus, KHQ. More here. (KHQ photo of Patrick Lawless)