SANDPOINT, Idaho -- Law enforcement officers shot and killed a woman Tuesday night outside Bonner General Hospital.
The incident was initially designated just a "weapons call" by authorities, but officers opened fire on the woman around 9 p.m. The Bonner County Sheriff's Department said the female suspect was armed with a knife and came at them.
Callers into KREM 2’s newsroom suggested there were gunshots and heavy police activity around 3rd Ave. and Alder Street, next to Bonner General.
It was not immediately clear how many officers were involved or how many shots were fired.
The Bonner County Sheriff’s Office was tasked with leading the investigation into the officer-involved shooting. Sheriff Darryl Wheeler said, however, investigative resources were still strained because of the recent officer-involved shooting along Interstate 90 in Post Falls.
“It is tough, especially here in Bonner County, because we're so many officers down, spending many resources in that shooting in Post Falls and we have our own crime we're investigating,” said Wheeler. “So yes, I just ask for the patience, especially for the people of Bonner County. We're coming. We're here to serve you. But, it's tough.”
As is typical with officer-involved shootings, police stayed on scene late into the night and early into Wednesday morning.
Bonner General Hospital remained open overnight. Emergency patients were asked to use a different entrance because of police presence.
Authorities said Alder Street would be closed between 3rd Ave. and 2nd Ave. in Sandpoint through Wednesday morning.