A Kootenai County magistrate judge set bail at $2 million for Jonathan Renfro, who is suspected of shooting Coeur d’Alene police Sgt. Greg Moore early this morning.
“This was an unprovoked attack on a law enforcement officer,” said Kootenai County Prosecuting Attorney Barry McHugh. “It was very, very violent, and resulted in a very grave injury to the officer.”
Renfro was charged with five felonies in connection with the shooting: attempted murder, stealing a police car, stealing a police gun, being a convict in possession of a gun, and removing a gun from an officer acting in his official capacity.
Prosecutors allege that Renfro used his own handgun to shoot Moore, then took the sergeant’s gun off of him as he lay on the ground.
“He fled from the scene, leaving the officer lying in the street,” McHugh said.
Police believe he tried to dispose of evidence after allegedly stealing Moore’s car and leading police on a high-speed chase in Post Falls. Authorities recovered physical evidence at the scene, McHugh said, including body camera footage taken by Moore.
1st District Court Magistrate James Stow asked Renfro if he understood the charges against him, and Renfro said he did.
“Subsequent to his arrest by law enforcement, he made a number of admissions to having committed the conduct that is charged in the criminal complaint,” McHugh said of Renfro.
The suspect sat shackled, with his head down, for much of the hearing. He was represented by a public defender.
Many law enforcement officers were in the courtroom for Renfro’s first appearance.
Renfro could face as much as life in prison if convicted on all charges.
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