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Officers in CdA shooting identified

The Coeur d’Alene police officers involved in an exchange of gunfire that left a shooting suspect dead Saturday have been identified.

Officers Mario Rios, Eric Johnson, Bryan Alexander and Brady Reed were involved in the incident, the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. They had completed initial interviews with investigators, but the Sheriff’s Office released no details on those interviews.

Christian Nicholas Buquet, also known as Christian Nicholas Mallon, 19, of Hayden, was killed by police after he reportedly shot another man, then fled, shooting at bystanders as he drove southeast through Coeur d’Alene. Buquet crashed near Higgens Point on Coeur d’Alene Lake Drive and shot at officers, whose return fire killed him, police said.

The investigation into the shooting is being done by a regional team composed of personnel from various law enforcement agencies.