POST FALLS, Idaho--Authorities revealed new details on Wednesday about a shootout an Interstate 90 shootout between officers and a man armed with two rifles.
The June shootout was between an Arizona man and 12 law enforcement officers. Investigators said 24-year-old Marcus Rael led authorities on a high-speed chase through North Idaho before opening fire.
On Wednesday, investigators said Rael was armed with two rifles. They said both of those guns had high capacity magazines and Rael seemed to be intent on using every bullet.
The Bonner County Sheriff’s Office was investigating the shooting. The Bonner County Sheriff said that Rael began shooting at officers before he even managed to get out of his car.
"Rael began shooting at officers while pulling off the interstate. After the truck he was driving came to a stop, Rael continued to fire at officers,” said Bonner County Sheriff Daryl Wheeler.
The two guns Rael was armed with were identified by investigators as an AK-47 and an FN 5.7 Carbine.
"This is what's known as a cop-killer,” said Wheeler.
Authorities did not say how many shots Rael fired. Investigators said Rael took cover when he stopped shooting. Sheriff Wheeler said officers tried to talk to him.
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"The officers did try to talk him out, of giving up his weapons and come out and that was prior to any of the officers on scene shooting at him. There was an effort to deescalate the situation and to get him to give up and stop shooting,” said Wheeler.
Investigators said Rael continued to fire at officers and they were forced to return fire.
Rael was shot during the situation.
"An example of that professionalism was when officers immediately provided lifesaving measures to the suspect who minutes earlier was trying to kill them,” said Wheeler.
The 12 officers involved were just beginning to return to work in mid-July. Wheeler said there were close to 1,000 pieces of evidence that detectives continued to comb through.