Neighbors ‘shocked’ by Sandpoint officer-involved shooting



Posted on July 10, 2014 at 8:04 AM

Updated Friday, Jul 11 at 3:20 PM

SANDPOINT, Idaho -- As the investigation into a fatal officer-involved shooting outside Bonner General Hospital continued, people who live in the area said they were shocked by the incident.

Law enforcement officers shot and killed a woman Tuesday night outside the hospital, after authorities said the female suspect armed with a knife came at officers.

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"We heard what we thought was a continuous string of firecrackers," said Calvin Ogle, who owns a bed and breakfast in the area.

That sound turned out to be several shots fired by multiple Sandpoint Police officers.

Ogle said gunshots are the last thing he ever expected to hear in a place like Sandpoint.

"It totally shocked us. We live in a crime free area, [a] crime free environment all together, so [it] never even occurred to us that it could have been gunshots."

On the other side of Bonner General, neighbor Kristin Engle had similar feelings.
"It's awful. It's absolutely awful,” she said. “We live in a very peaceful community. You don't expect anything like this to happen."

On Wednesday, authorities announced they would not immediately be releasing any more information about the incident. It was still not clear what led to the shooting but the woman was never inside the hospital at any point, according to reports.

The hospital declined to comment on the shooting, but spokespeople said the hospital’s day-to-day business has not been interrupted.