CDA neighbors say fatal officer-involved shooting happened quickly



Posted on June 9, 2014 at 4:14 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 9 at 6:39 PM

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho.—The man killed in an officer-involved shooting Friday in Coeur d’Alene was identified on Monday as 28-year-old Thomas L. White.

Investigators in North Idaho were still trying to piece together what led up to the shooting at a Coeur d’Alene home.

READ: One man dead in Coeur d'Alene officer-involved shooting

Officials said it all started with a domestic disturbance call on Friday night. Neighbors said the situation turned hostile and White was shot just minutes after police arrived.

Investigators continued to speak with witnesses and neighbors on Monday.

"I'll never forget the gunfire I heard. It was full-on assault," said neighbor Sean Granger. "It was overkill, overshooting. It was just insane.”

Police said White walked out of a home with a gun before they arrived. Then he went to a house next-door they said. Granger said White was friends with the family living there.

"He got upset. Went over to the neighbor's house. Neighbor called 911. Cops came. They shot him,” Granger said.

Granger’s fiancé was also home at the time. She said it all happened pretty fast.

"Between everything; the police coming into our neighborhood and then the gunshots," explained Aimee Fahnsrom. "I don't know if there was a lot of negotiation going on or what.”

Another neighbor said he heard gunshots within minutes of seeing police outside.

The Idaho State Police said White did fire upon officers. They said it was not clear on Monday who fired shots first. They added there were three officers who fired their weapons at White.

The names of the officers involved had not been released on Monday. The Coeur d’Alene Police Department placed the officers on administrative leave per agency policy.