August 12, 2010 in City

CdA chief helps nab suspect after foot chase

By The Spokesman-Review

Coeur d’Alene’s police chief chased down a man suspected of stealing a motorcycle and arrested him at gunpoint Tuesday afternoon.

Chief Wayne Longo was backing up Officer Hank Dunham on a stolen vehicle stop when Daniel W. Bisher, 35, took off on foot through heavy traffic in a commercial area at Appleway Avenue and Government Way just before 4 p.m.

Longo chased Bisher as Dunham ran to Appleway to intercept him.

Bisher twice reached to the front of his coat and ignored Longo’s demands, saying “he was not going to jail,” police said.

Longo pulled his gun on Bisher, but Bisher continued running before Dunham and Longo caught up with him.

Bisher had a loaded .40 caliber Glock handgun in his jacket and a knife in his pants pocket, as well as methamphetamine, police said.

The gun had been reported stolen in Coeur d’Alene; the motorcycle had been stolen from Spokane, police said.

Coeur d’Alene police Capt. Steve Childers called Longo “a street patrolman at heart.”

Department spokeswoman Sgt. Christie Wood said Longo always monitors his police scanner and frequently backs up patrol officers.

Bisher has a pending felony charge in Spokane County of second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.

Police said he lives in Spokane, but newspaper archives show he’s also lived in Coeur d’Alene, Spirit Lake and Rathdrum.

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