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Cda police release video of officer-involved shooting

Coeur d’Alene Police Officer Spencer Mortensen ordered Eric Byron Johnston eight times to drop two knives before fatally shooting him in a small apartment near downtown last summer, the officer’s body camera recording shows.

Police released the video footage today. The prosecuting attorney in neighboring Bonner County reviewed an Idaho State Police investigation into the Aug. 25, 2013, shooting and concluded that Johnston, a 35-year-old Dalton Gardens resident, appeared intent on “suicide by cop” and that no charges should be filed against Mortensen.

The officer’s body camera footage shows a tense confrontation between the officer and Johnston, who had just fled a nearby car accident and was inside a friend’s apartment. Click here to see the video and read the full story. Scott Maben, SR

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Update: CPD Officer In Shooting ID’d

Coeur d’Alene Police Chief Wayne Longo said Thursday that Officer Spencer Mortensen, a six-year veteran of the force, is the officer who shot and killed Eric B. Johnston on Sunday morning in an apartment near downtown. Johnston, 35, a Dalton Gardens resident, died from multiple gunshot wounds. A friend who had been in the apartment with him moments earlier said Johnston had been holding a kitchen knife to himself. Mortensen was in the news three years ago as one of four Coeur d’Alene police officers credited with rescuing a woman from a burning building. He received a department commendation for his response in that incident. Earlier this year he helped apprehend arson suspect Clark E. Richman of Denver, Colo., at a fire near Kootenai Health. Richman pulled a knife on Mortensen in the dark, and the officer drew his service revolver and ordered Richman to drop the knife. Mortensen held the suspect at bay until backup arrived/Scott Maben, SR. More here.

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Officer Faced Knife Wielder Before

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At 1:13 p.m. Friday, April 26, 2013, Huckleberries Online posted this video of Officer Spencer Mortensen successfully arresting an arson suspect who pulled a knife on him near Kootenai Health the previous night. Coeur d'Alene Police have identified Mortensen as the officer involved in the fatal shooting of a Dalton Gardens man with a knife Sunday. You can see the report of the April 26 post below.

A Coeur d'Alene officer encountered an uncooperative suspect in a possible arson at 9:25 p.m. Thursday who pulled a knife on him. Following is part of the news release circulated by Sgt. Christie Wood this afternoon:

Officer Mortenson approached Richman and asked for his ID. He immediately became uncooperative and used profanity toward the officer. He became aggressive and stated he had a knife. Richman pulled a dark colored 3” blade knife out of his pocket. Officer Mortensen pulled his service revolver and issued several commands for Richman to drop the knife. At one point he dropped the knife on the ground in front of him but refused to move away from it. It appeared to the officer that Richman was considering picking it up again. Additional officers arrived on scene with a less lethal shotgun. They gave commands for Richman to get on the ground and he eventually complied. Full report on CPD Facebook page here.

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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