February 7, 2011 in Idaho

Officer-involved shooting reported in North Idaho


A police pursuit erupted in gunfire north of Coeur d’Alene Monday in what investigators are calling an officer-involved shooting.

Details were sketchy late Monday, but authorities confirmed a man and woman from a fleeing Jeep Cherokee were taken to Kootenai Medical Center with unspecified injuries after the shooting.

The incident began about 7 p.m. when an Idaho State Police trooper tried to stop the Jeep for a traffic infraction on U.S. Highway 95 at East Ohio Match Road, which is just south of Garwood.

The trooper contacted the two occupants, but the Jeep fled as the trooper was approaching again, leading to a short pursuit that ended with shots fired at Ramsey Road, south of Highway 53.

Kootenai County sheriff’s Lt. Stu Miller said the trooper fired shots after the Jeep stopped and an “unknown altercation” ensued. The Jeep traveled about 100 yards after shots were fired.

Two troopers arrested the pair, identified only as a male and female.

Miller confirmed the trooper fired shots but said investigators have not determined how many, or if the officer was fired on. Neither trooper was injured.

The sheriff’s department is investigating the shooting. As of 11:15 p.m., Boekel Road was closed between U.S. Highway 95 and Ramsey Road, and Ramsey was closed between Boekel and Highway 53.

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