Authorities identify Coeur d’Alene man fatally shot by police



Posted on August 26, 2013 at 6:03 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 26 at 6:21 PM

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho -- Idaho State Police have released the name of the suspect shot and killed by Coeur d’Alene Police.

Authorities said Eric Johnston, 38, was threatening to hurt himself after officers approached him Sunday morning. Officers were looking for a hit and run suspect around 7:30 a.m.

Police responded to an apartment complex on Young Avenue after Johnston hit a power pole nearby.

Coeur d’Alene Police are only saying the man died at the scene and the shooting is under investigation.

Johnston’s friends are now demanding answers for his death. They said he was a quiet and nice person who was always willing to help.

“There was never a dull moment with Eric. He was always there when you needed him. And if he was busy, he’d give you the time of day,” said Johnston’s co-worker, David Larsen.

His ex-girlfriend Wendy Woods said he was worried about going back to jail for another DUI.  She said he came into her kitchen and grabbed knives out of a drawer and said he would rather die than go back to jail.

Court records show Johnston had previous DUI convictions and one conviction for possessing a controlled substance.

Johnston Lived in Dalton Gardens and worked as a mechanic in a repair shop there. He also worked at a local moss removal company.

Idaho State Police is handling the investigation.

An autopsy was performed Monday but the results will not be available for several weeks.