Posted: Jun 13, 2013 7:44 PM by MTN News
Updated: Jun 13, 2013 7:44 PM
COEUR d'ALENE, ID - The investigation into what caused an Idaho State Trooper to shoot and kill a man during a Wednesday welfare check near Lookout Pass is continuing.
A photo taken by the Shoshone News Press clearly shows the Montana plate has a "7" as the first number, indicating the orange Scion XD is registered in Flathead County.
The incident happened mid-day when a Shoshone County Sheriff's deputy was performing a welfare check on the man, who was parked in a turnout along the the eastbound side of Interstate 90.
A press release from the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office states that after the deputy arrived, an Idaho State Trooper stopped to assist.
Authorities say that they found the man had a handgun, and that a "struggle ensued and during the struggle, the ISP Trooper fired his service weapon, striking the male."
The suspect, who is described as a white man in his 20s, was taken to Shoshone Medical Center after the shooting, where he later died.
The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office says the man hasn't yet been identified, adding that an autopsy will be conducted at a later time.
A multi-agency Critical Investigative Team was called in to help with the investigation, with the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office being the lead agency.
Both the trooper and deputy, who weren't hurt during the incident, have been placed on administrative leave as required by department policy.
Anyone who witnessed the incident or that may have information about it is asked to call the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office at 208.446.1300.