March 15, 2012 in Idaho, News

3 officers who shot N. Idaho fugitive identified

By The Spokesman-Review
 
Kootenai County Sheriff's Department photo

Justin Earl Nicholas Todd, 33
(Full-size photo)

Two Post Falls police officers and an Idaho State Police corporal fired shots at a fugitive early Monday after a chase, investigators announced today.

Justin Earl Nicholas Todd, 33, died from multiple gunshot wounds after he struck Cpl. Michael Thomas Keys with his car, and Keys and Officers Aaron Ogle and Bradley Johnson shot him, according to the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department.

Investigators have not yet said how many times Todd was shot.

Keys, Ogle, Johnson and an Idaho State Police trooper were pursuing Todd on a felony warrant when the 20-minute chase that began about 2:20 a.m. ended with Todd skidding to a stop in a yard at the end of West St. Estephe Court, a residential area in west Hayden.

The four law enforcement officials got out of their cars and were approaching Todd’s vehicle when Todd backed up his vehicle, then pulled forward and struck Keys, the sheriff’s department said today.

Investigators are awaiting autopsy results before releasing how many times Todd was shot, as well as his toxicology reports.

The Kootenai County Prosecutor’s Office will review the investigation.

Investigators said Wednesday that Todd’s car had recently been painted from blue to white.

They found six cans of black spray paint in the car that indicated Todd, a longtime felon, may have planned to paint it again. They also found a wig, a brass knuckles/stun gun combination weapon, a knife, three cell phones along with drug paraphernalia and a police scanner.


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