SHOSHONE COUNTY, Idaho-- Detectives from the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office began interviewing the Idaho State Police Trooper and the Shoshone County Deputy on Friday who were involved in the fatal shooting on Interstate 90.
Authorities in Kootenai County are heading the investigation into what happened in Shoshone County on Wednesday.
A Shoshone County Sheriff's deputy found a driver pulled off of Interstate 90 and asleep around noon on Wednesday. Investigators said the vehicle was parked near eastbound mile post 73. The vehicle had Montana license plates.
Officials said the deputy pulled over to check on the man with Idaho State Police as backup. The suspect had a gun with him, and there was a struggle according to authorities. Investigators said that is when the Idaho State Police officer shot the suspect.
Alexander L. Mandarino, 26, was taken to Shoshone Medical Center where he later died. Officials have not said how many shots were fired.
An autopsy was completed Thursday on Mandarino. The toxicology reports will not be available for six to eight weeks according to deputies.
"Why he was there in the first place, we don't know," said Lt. Stu Miller from the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office. "Why he had a gun in his possession, why he struggled with us, we don't know."
The deputy and officer were not hurt but are on administrative leave.
Anybody who witnessed the incident is asked to call the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office at (208)446-1300.