Suspect, victim in CDA shooting were acquaintances



Posted on October 1, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 1 at 5:41 PM

COEUR D’ALENE -- The suspect in Saturday’s shooting in Coeur d’Alene was known to authorities, and so was his victim.

According to Kootenai County Sheriff’s deputies, 29-year-old Frank Floyd James received emergency surgery for gunshot wounds to the chest Saturday. His condition was not available Monday morning.

Deputies say 19-year-old Christian Nicholas Buquet (aka Mallon) of Hayden, Idaho shot James Saturday morning near 11th and Lakeside. Buquet then led officers on a high speed chase through Coeur d’Alene.

The pursuit ended near Higgins Point when Buquet took a turn too fast and spun out. Authorities said Buquet fired at officers, and those officers returned fire killing Buquet.

Investigators spent Monday processing evidence, including the car Buquet was driving and the Coeur d’Alene Police cars that were involved in the incident.

Buquet had one previous arrest as an adult for attempted robbery in 2011.

Detectives said they are still looking for a motive in the shooting, but confirmed Buquet and James were at least acquaintances.

According to Kootenai County court records, James committed several crimes over the last decade.

Since 2002, James was found guilty of felony burglary, injury to child, delivery of a controlled substance and fraud. He also committed some misdemeanor crimes including battery, injury to property, conspiracy, and domestic violence.

According to Coeur d'Alene Police James was listed in stable condition Monday.

An autopsy was performed on Buquet. Preliminary autopsy results are expected to take several days. Toxicology results from the autopsy are expected to take six to eight weeks.