A 41-year-old suspect sustained a minor injury, possibly from shrapnel, today after he fled Drug Enforcement agents and the narcotics division of Idaho State Police.
The two agencies were conducting a controlled narcotics purchase from the man in the parking lot of the Conoco gas station near the Coeur d’Alene Casino in Worley about 3:15 p.m. The suspect tried to flee from officers in his vehicle and a brief pursuit ensued, according to Sgt. Christie Wood, spokeswoman for the Coeur d’Alene Police Department, which is leading the investigation into the incident. One of the officers fired a shot into the vehicle and the suspect was injured, Wood said.
The suspect was taken to Kootenai Medical Center for a complete evaluation. When released, Wood said, he will be booked into jail on suspicion of trafficking methamphetamine and additional charges.
“The Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort continues operating normally and safely tonight following an incident and arrest at our nearby Conoco station and convenience store,” said Bob Bostwick, spokesman for the casino, in a statement issued Tuesday. “To our knowledge, the C-Store was chosen randomly for the illegal activity that police say took place.”
Detectives expect to complete follow-up interviews of additional witnesses on Wednesday. The suspect’s name has not been released.
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