Man dies in Coeur d'Alene officer-involved shooting



Posted on August 25, 2013 at 11:03 AM

Updated Thursday, Aug 29 at 10:34 AM

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -- Investigators in North Idaho were on the scene of an officer involved shooting that occurred around 8 a.m. Sunday morning.  The shooting took place near 14th and Young.

Officials said a 35-year-old man was killed on the scene after an apparent altercation over a hit-and-run incident.  The man reportedly hit and severed a light pole with a vehicle around Dollar and Lost Avenue. Authorities said they tracked the suspect down and an altercation ensued after officers made contact.

"And then I heard boom, boom, boom, boom," said Wendy Woods, who was at home when police opened fire behind her housing complex.

The suspect was killed.  It is not yet known if the man was armed.  No officers were injured in the confrontation.

Woods said the suspect, whom she was friends with, came to her house after the car accident and was worried about getting another DUI.

"He just kept saying I don't want to go back to jail," she added.

The man went outside to the back alley, according to Woods, and that’s when she claimed police opened fire while she was still inside her house.

"He wasn't harming anybody,” Woods said. “He bumped into a tree and the next thing I know the cops are standing in my door way shooting him four times."

Woods said the suspect was threatening to hurt himself when police walked in.

"The cop said ‘put the knife down,’ which he was holding to himself and then I heard maybe four or five gunshots," said Woods.

Coeur d’Alene police, however, have not released many details surrounding the shooting but said the incident is under investigation.  Idaho State Police were called to look into the case.