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Witnesses: Second suspect carried pistol amid Coeur d’Alene shooting panic

People enjoy warm weather at Independence Point in Coeur d’Alene on Friday, July 5, 2019. Shots rang out there the previous night during the annual Fourth of July fireworks show. Police chased and shot the suspect, 18-year-old Tyler Rambo. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)
People enjoy warm weather at Independence Point in Coeur d’Alene on Friday, July 5, 2019. Shots rang out there the previous night during the annual Fourth of July fireworks show. Police chased and shot the suspect, 18-year-old Tyler Rambo. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

Witnesses said a second man was armed with a pistol as he ran from Coeur d’Alene police officers in the chaos that followed two shooting incidents at a Fourth of July fireworks show.

Roshad Grant, 24, remained in the Kootenai County Jail on Tuesday on a charge of obstructing officers, with bond set at $10,000.

Court records filed the day after the shooting say investigators were unable to find a black handgun that witnesses reported Grant was holding as he ran from officers.

Grant was found standing near 18-year-old Tyler Rambo after Rambo was chased and shot by officers near the basketball courts in Coeur d’Alene City Park.

Rambo, who carried a .357-caliber revolver, is accused of firing shots before the chase near Independence Point and then shooting at officers near the basketball courts. He was taken to Kootenai Health in critical condition after officers shot him at least 10 times. He had not been formally charged as of Tuesday.

As Rambo lay bleeding on the ground, Grant referred to him as his “homie” and “brother,” catching the attention of officers who were about to ask Grant to leave the area, according to court records.

Officers wrote that as they tried to speak with Grant, he repeatedly placed his hand near his waistband as if reaching toward a gun. Another man or boy who was with Grant tried to walk away and resisted an officer’s attempt to detain him, and that’s when Grant burst into a sprint, according to court records.

Taking directions from bystanders in the crowd, officers chased Grant onto the Independence Point dock, where he was apprehended. Court records don’t describe how officers got him in handcuffs.

Officers wrote that Grant appeared to have been drinking heavily. He had a small laceration near his left eyebrow, and the front of his T-shirt had mud on it.

One couple – who ducked to the ground with their children when shots rang out – told police they had watched Grant trip and fall into water while running from officers, according to court records.

After he was arrested, Grant made many conflicting statements on whether he knew Rambo and whether he had been carrying a gun, according to court records. Officers wrote that at one point, he admitted he had thrown away his ID and other cards while running.

Grant told officers the original altercation that resulted in gunfire had been caused by a “drunk miscommunication,” but he did not provide names of anyone involved, according to court records.

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