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Reports of gunfire prompt SWAT standoff at Coeur d’Alene apartment; no one injured

UPDATED: Sun., July 7, 2019

Police officers and sheriff’s deputies responded to reports of gunfire in downtown Coeur d’Alene on Sunday, July 7, 2019. (Adam Mayer / KHQ)
Police officers and sheriff’s deputies responded to reports of gunfire in downtown Coeur d’Alene on Sunday, July 7, 2019. (Adam Mayer / KHQ)

A 33-year-old man allegedly shot at but missed another man Sunday afternoon in an apartment in downtown Coeur d’Alene, prompting a standoff with police that lasted more than an hour.

A SWAT team including Coeur d’Alene police officers and Kootenai County sheriff’s deputies responded to the apartment after 4 p.m. and cordoned off the area near Fourth Street and Wallace Avenue.

The suspect, whose name was not released Sunday, allegedly fired a shot but missed as the other man fled. Police said the suspect fired a second shot when a third person arrived.

Police used flash-bang grenades and a camera-equipped robot to disorient and find the suspect after he refused to come out of the apartment. He was arrested shortly before 6 p.m.

Potential motives for the shooting were unclear Sunday.

The incident followed a July 4 shooting at Coeur d’Alene’s Independence Point, which caused a crowd to flee for cover during a holiday fireworks display. Officers chased, shot and injured an 18-year-old they believed had fired a gun within the crowd.

Seven officers were placed on administrative leave, and the suspect, Tyler Rambo, was hospitalized in critical condition.

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