Investigators identify man killed during Shoshone Co. traffic stop

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by COLE HEATH & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on June 13, 2013 at 6:08 PM

SHOSHONE COUNTY, Idaho-- Authorities released new details Thursday about a shooting along Interstate 90 where an Idaho State Trooper killed a man.  

Kootenai County Sheriff’s Lt. Stu Miller identified the man killed as Alexander L. Mandarino, 26, from Whitefish, Montana.

An autopsy was completed Thursday on Mandarino. The toxicology reports will not be available for six to eight weeks according to deputies.

Authorities in Kootenai County are heading the investigation into what happened in Shoshone County on Wednesday. Miller said the Idaho State Police troopers who were involved have not been interviewed. Investigators have 72 hours to complete the interviews. 

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.

"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.

Mandarino was taken to Shoshone Medical Center where he later died. Officials have not said how many shots were fired.

The Critical Investigative Team was requested for the investigation with the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office being the lead agency.

"From this ponit on, we put all the pieces together as to why he was there at the scene, what his intention was for being in the area he was in," Lt. Miller said.

Anybody who witnessed the incident is asked to call the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office at (208)446-1300.

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