Photo: A K9 unit searched the area where a shooting suspect abandoned a stolen police cruiser in Post Falls, Idaho on Tuesday. SR Photo: Kathy Plonka
Renfro has an Idaho criminal history spanning more than a decade. In 2008 he stole a red Subaru with a friend. They were arrested in Reno, Nevada and extradited to Moscow, Idaho. While in jail he hatched a plan to escape. After a court hearing on the theft case he kicked a jailer in the leg. The attack in the hallway outside the Latah County Courthouse courtroom didn’t work as the jailer took Renfro to the floor and handcuffed him while his friend made a brief run for freedom. Renfro later said he tried to escape because he was angry he was “going to miss Christmas.” He also said he was trained in mixed martial arts and cage fighting. He was sent to prison for one to five years. The shooting happened directly in front of the home of Chris Weber, who lives at the corner of Wilbur Avenue and Timberlake Loop. Weber said he was amazed that he slept through the incident. “An officer rang our bell at 2 a.m. and told us to stay inside,” said Weber (pictured, right), adding that police were looking through everyone’s yards with flashlights. Speaking of the suspect, he said, “We’re a little freaked out. This guy was walking through our neighborhood last night.” Ordinarily, Weber said, the neighborhood is “a pretty calm, quiet place.” A neighbor two doors down from Weber, who would give her name only as Janine, said, “My dogs woke me up at like 1:20. I thought I heard voices. But I thought it was probably the wind blowing through my windows.” She said she looked out her window and didn’t see anything and went back to bed. “And like 3 minutes later, the whole place was swimming with cops.” Mike Kralicek is the last Coeur d’Alene officer shot in the line of duty, in 2004. The officer was critically injured when a fleeing suspect shot him, and spent many months in rehabilitation and physical therapy. He’s permanently disabled from the shooting. Wood said today’s shooting has had a profound effect on police employees. “They will do their job, they will take the calls that come in and they will stay professional,” she said. “But they are hurting on the inside and they’re worried about their dear friend.” On June 6, Sgt. Moore was one of three officers involved in the fatal shooting of a Coeur d’Alene man. The officers were called to a domestic disturbance complaint on the 400 block of E. Dragonfly Drive where they found Thomas White, 28, of Coeur d’Alene, in a next-door neighbor’s backyard. Initial police reports claimed White was armed and ignored repeated demands from the officers to drop his weapon. White then pointed a gun at the officers and exchanged gunfire with the three officers, according to police. White was shot and pronounced dead at the scene.
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