Surveillance video records Hayden fatal officer involved shooting



Posted on March 15, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Updated Thursday, Mar 15 at 5:49 PM

HAYDEN, Idaho --The multi-agency investigative team is investigating surveillance footage that shows the officer involved shooting that occurred early Monday morning.

Police shot and killed a Coeur d'Alene man after he led them on a chase through North Idaho.

Around 2:20 a.m. near Post Falls on I-90, traffic cameras flagged the suspect's vehicle for a felony warrant. Justin Earl Nicholas Todd, 33, was wanted for eluding police.

Idaho State Police and Post Falls police then attempted to pull over Todd. He reportedly failed to stop for officers and led them on a 20-minute pursuit, which ended at W. Bordeaux Drive and W. St. Estephe Court in a Hayden neighborhood.

Thursday officers released initial investigation information that indicates that Justin Todd skidded to a stop in the yard at the end of St. Estephe court.

Officials say Idaho State Police trooper, Cpl. Michael Thomas Keys and two Post Falls Police Officers, Officer Aaron Ogle and Officer Bradley Johnson then got out of their cars and approached Todd’s vehicle. Todd backed up rapidly, and then pulled forward, striking Cpl. Keys with his car. Keys and both Post Falls officers fired at Todd, striking him multiple times.

Cpl. Keys received minor injuries, while Officers Aaron Ogle and Bradley Johnson were unharmed.

Video obtained by KREM 2 News shows a suspect cornered in a cul-de-sac desperately trying to elude police.  In the upper left hand corner of the video Todd’s vehicle and three patrol cars following can be seen.

Investigators confirm there’s also dash cam video from the patrol vehicles that show Todd hit the trooper.

Todd was pronounced dead at Kootenai Medical Center.

A passenger in the car escaped without injuries but was taken to the hospital because she said she did not feel well. Police are determining whether she is an accessory to the crime.  The officer suffered minor injuries and has been released from the hospital.

The autopsy on Justin Todd was completed late Monday. Investigators are waiting for official autopsy results before releasing any more information regarding how many times Todd was hit by gunfire, toxicology result and anything else related to the autopsy.

The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office took the lead on the investigation and Coeur d’Alene police will assist.

Todd had an extensive criminal record in Kootenai County, including 23 previous bookings as an adult and 25 warrants charging him with a variety of crimes from Trafficking Methamphetamine to Felony Eluding.

Tuesday, investigators continued their work through interviews and processing of evidence that was gathered during the initial investigation.

During Wednesday’s search of the suspect’s vehicle, investigators found a brass-knuckle/stun gun combination, three cellular telephones, drug paraphernalia and a police scanner.  In addition, investigators found a wig, clothing and false identifications.

It was also determined the car had been recently painted from blue to white.

Police said it was the BOSS System that alerted them about the suspect. Using cameras, it automatically recognizes license plates of wanted vehicles and people.