March 19, 1996 in City

Man Convicted In Shooting Of Acquaintance

Compiled From Wire Services

A Coeur d’Alene man accused of shooting another man in the back was found guilty of aggravated battery Friday.

Jeffrey Strouse shot Michael Gunderson in the buttocks at close range with a shotgun in September.

A Kootenai County jury found him guilty after deliberating Thursday and Friday, said Kootenai County Prosecutor Bill Douglas.

Strouse and Gunderson had known each other for about seven years, Kootenai County sheriff’s detectives said. The two ran into each other when Gunderson went to visit a friend living on Strouse’s property.

Strouse was upset at Gunderson for accusing him of molesting a child, according to a sheriff’s report. But sheriff’s officials also said that Strouse’s family members believed the shooting was an accident.

Gunderson will have to wear a colostomy bag for the rest of his life because of the gunshot damage, Douglas said.

Strouse is scheduled to be sentenced on April 5.

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