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DEVELOPING STORY: Shooter & kidnapper on the loose

UPDATE PRESS RELEASE FROM THE KOOTANAI COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE: At about 5 PM on Sunday the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office received a call regarding a kidnapping.

The caller said her sister-in-law, a 62-year old female from Rathdrum, ID had just called her saying she had been kidnapped by the suspect, Mitchell Lee Walck, in the earlier pursuit/shooting incident that occurred Saturday morning.

Reports indicate that Walck hid in the victim's residence following the incident on Saturday morning, and then later, he forced her at gunpoint into her vehicle. The victim was let out of the car in Glendive, MT, unharmed.

At this time Walck's location is unknown. He was last seen driving the victim's 2005 Subaru
Forester, silver in color with an Idaho license plate K230050.

In addition to the handgun he used to fire upon the ISP officer and kidnap the victim in this case, he also stole two rifles from the victim's residence; one was a 30-30 Winchester rifle and the other was a Mossberg .22 caliber rifle.

The KCSO has obtained a warrant for Walck's arrest with a bond amount of one million dollars
for the charge of kidnapping. Walck is considered armed and extremely dangerous. If he is

located call 911, do not approach or attempt contact with him. This incident is being investigated by the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office. The earlier pursuit and assault against the ISP officer is being investigated by the Post Falls Police Department through a cooperative agreement.

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COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Police in northern Idaho say they're still searching for a man suspected of shooting at a law enforcement officer over the weekend.
   
The Post Falls Police Department issued a statement saying a local homeless man has been identified as a suspect in the case.

Police say the incident occurred when deputies tried to stop a pickup truck for a traffic violation just before midnight on Friday. The driver of the truck fled, and officers from several agencies chased him for about 30 minutes. The driver eventually stopped the pickup and fled on foot, and police say he fired a handgun at an Idaho State Police officer who gave chase. The officer wasn't hit.
   
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KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho. -The Region One Critical Incident Task Force is investigating the early morning officer involved shooting in Rathdrum. Post Falls Investigators have identified 57 year-old Mitchell Lee Walck (aka Mark Mackenzie) as a person of interest in the early morning shooting at an Idaho State Police Trooper in Rathdrum Idaho. The suspect fired at the Trooper and fled on foot, the Trooper was not injured.

Mr. Walck is a transient who is known to frequent churches in attempt to solicited assistance. He should be considered armed and dangerous.

UPDATED PRESS RELEASE FROM KOOTENAI COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT:

KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho - On November 30th, just before midnight, Kootenai County Sheriff deputies attempted to stop a pickup truck for a traffic violation on Highway 41, just south of Spirit Lake, ID.

Several law enforcement agencies, including the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office, Spirit Lake
Police, Idaho State Police and the Rathdrum Police had engaged in pursuit of the pickup truck
over a 30 minute time frame, each time an agency called off the pursuit, the pickup truck was
spotted by a different agency.

Ultimately, the Idaho State Police located the vehicle in Athol, ID and pursued it to the City of
Rathdrum. The pickup left Hwy 53 onto Bingham Rd and stopped at the dead end street. The
driver fled on foot from the pickup and the ISP officer pursued. Seconds into the foot pursuit,
the suspect fired a handgun at the ISP Officer and continued his flight into the wooded area.
Fortunately, the ISP Officer was not injured in the incident.

Law enforcement set a perimeter around the scene and utilized numerous resources, including
Spokane County's Air 1 helicopter. After conducting an exhaustive search of the area lasting
nearly twelve hours, law enforcement feels confident that the suspect was able to slip through
the containment and remains at large.

The multi-agency critical incident investigation team along with the North Idaho Violent Crimes
Task Force is continuing the investigation into the incident. They have taken the pickup as
evidence and are beginning to process it for any clues as to the driver's identity and reason for
his unlawful flight.

As noted previously, the suspect is described as being 5-08 to 5-10, medium build, wearing a
long-sleeved gray shirt, light blue jeans and possibly a blue ball cap. Anyone with information
regarding this incident is asked to contact the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office at 208-446-1300.

If the suspect is seen, please do not attempt to contact him as he is considered armed and
extremely dangerous.

Further information will be released as it becomes available.

UPDATE:

KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho - Police in Rathdrum are scaling back their search for a man who fired a gun at an ISP Officer during a pursuit early Saturday morning.

Law Enforcement does not believe the suspect is in the area anymore and say residents can resume their normal activities.

The truck the suspect was driving has been recovered and was apparently stolen from Twin Falls earlier this year. Police will be searching the vehicle for any clues that might help them identify the man.

As soon as we get any new information on this developing story, we will be sure to update this article.

Kootenai County Sheriff's Department Press Release:

KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho - On November 30th, just before midnight, Kootenai County Sheriff deputies attempted to stop a pickup truck for a traffic violation on Highway 41, just south of Spirit Lake, ID. The vehicle failed to stop and a pursuit was initiated.

Deputies pursued the truck for about ten minutes before they discontinued. Shortly thereafter, an officer from Spirit Lake located the pickup in their city and initiated a short pursuit until the pickup left the city limits, eastbound on Highway 54. The Idaho State Police then located the pickup in the City of Athol. They initiated a pursuit of the pickup as it traveled westbound on Highway 54, then southbound on Highway 41 into the city of Rathdrum.

As the vehicle entered Rathdrum, a Rathdrum Police Officer was able to deploy a tire deflation device. The pursuit continued onto Highway 53 and Bingham St where it turned westbound on Bingham. The pickup traveled a few blocks to the end of Bingham where the suspect fled on foot from the pickup.

The Idaho State Police officer gave chase for a short distance until the suspect turned and shot at the officer with a handgun. The ISP officer was not hit by the gunfire and discontinued the foot pursuit. Deputies and officers from the KCSO, Rathdrum Police, ISP and Post Falls Police set a perimeter in the area.

Spokane County Air 1 was requested and responded to the scene. They searched the area but were unable to locate the suspect. At this time, law enforcement is maintaining its perimeter in the area and continuing the search.

The suspect's description is a white male, approximately 5'8" to 5'10" tall, wearing a long sleeved gray shirt, light blue jeans and possibly a blue ball cap. He is considered armed and dangerous.

The pickup truck was found to be stolen from Idaho Falls, Idaho. The identity of the suspect is currently unknown. Residents in the area are cautioned to lock their doors and limit any activity outside their residences.

Citizens should not attempt to approach or contact the suspect. Anyone with information should contact the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office at 208-446-1300.

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