POST FALLS, Idaho – Authorities said Sunday’s officer involved shooting started with a traffic stop in Coeur d’Alene.
Authorities said the incident began as a traffic stop near 20th and Sherman where the driver, Marcus Rael, fled the scene in his pickup. A law enforcement source told KREM 2 News that the officer involved in the traffic stop was somehow injured during the stop. The source said he might have been dragged by Rael’s vehicle. The source said the officer was not serious injured.
The incident started a multi-agency chase for eight miles.
Officials said spike strips were put in place but Rael stopped his car and began exchanging gunfire with law enforcement.
Authorities said officers and deputies from the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office, Coeur d'Alene Police Department, Post Falls Police and Idaho State Police were involved in the shooting near the Spokane Street overpass on I-90. Rael was taken to Kootenai Health and was listed in stable condition on Monday, according to the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office.
Officials said a dozen law enforcement officials fired back at the Rael. Those 12 officials were made up of six Coeur d’Alene police officers, three Post Falls police officers, two Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office deputies and one Idaho State Police trooper. All the officers, deputies and the trooper involved were on paid administrative leave on Monday.
The Critical Incident Task Force was continuing to process evidence from the scene.