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Shootout suspect moves from hospital to jail

An Arizona man wounded in a gunbattle with North Idaho police on June 22 has been released from the hospital and booked into the Kootenai County Jail.

Marcus Anthony Rael, 24, is being held on $1 million bail. So far he has been charged with one felony count of eluding a police officer. More charges are expected.

After fleeing a traffic stop in Coeur d’Alene, Rael sped west on Interstate 90 and stopped at the Spokane Street interchange in Post Falls, where he allegedly got out and fired on police at about 2 a.m.

Twelve officers from four agencies exchanged gunfire with the suspect, who is from Glendale, Arizona. Rael was injured and taken to Kootenai Health, where he has been since.

North Idaho Critical Incident Task Force detectives are continuing to process evidence and interview witnesses in the case.

The names of the officers involved in the shooting have not been released. They include six Coeur d’Alene police officers, three Post Falls police officers, two Kootenai County sheriff’s deputies and one Idaho State Police trooper. None was injured.


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