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Monday, November 18, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Lewiston man shot in gunfight with deputies

LEWISTON, Idaho – A 28-year-old Idaho man is in serious condition at a hospital in Spokane, Washington, following a shootout with police.

The Lewiston Tribune reports that Joseph Case, of Lewiston, was shot in a brief gunfight with Nez Perce County sheriff’s deputies on Saturday afternoon.

Authorities said Case was wanted on a misdemeanor warrant when they tried to pull him over. Lewiston Police Lt. Joedy Mundell said Case led officers on a chase from downtown to neighborhoods in the Lewiston Orchards, but they discontinued it over safety concerns.

Deputies spotted the vehicle again and pursued it until it parked behind a business, where they said Case got out and started shooting. Witness Alex Barden told the newspaper he saw the suspect raise a gun and shoot at officers.

Mundell said the officers returned fire, wounding Case. He was taken to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center before being transferred to Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, where a spokesman said he was in serious condition Sunday.

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