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UPDATE: Fatal Officer Involved Shooting In Coeur d'Alene

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COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -

UPDATED PRESS RELEASE FROM THE IDAHO STATE POLICE: Investigators with the Idaho State Police have released the name of the suspect in the shooting that involved Coeur d'Alene Police Department officers on the morning of Sunday, August 25th.  The suspect's name is Eric B. Johnston, 35, from Dalton Gardens.  Johnston's family has been notified.

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COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) - On Sunday police shot and killed a 35-year-old man in a Coeur d'Alene apartment shortly after he crashed into a utility pole a block and a half away and fled.
    
Witnesses told the Spokesman-Review that a police officer yelled "Drop it!" three times before shots were fired Sunday morning.
    
Coeur d'Alene police declined to say whether the man was armed or how many shots were fired. No officers were injured. Police did not release the man's name.
    
A neighbor said she was walking down the alley behind her house near the apartment and saw a truck speeding away. A short time later, she heard a man and woman at the apartment arguing loudly.
    
Idaho State Police detectives are leading the investigation into the shooting.

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Coeur d'Alene Police Department Press Release: 

Idaho State Police Detectives are continuing their investigation of an early morning Coeur d'Alene Police officer involved shooting in the area of 14th and Young Ave. Detectives confirmed a male suspect, 35 years of age, is deceased on scene. Officers were not injured in the incident. The name of the male is not being released until next of kin is notified. The male is from the Coeur d'Alene area.

The incident initially started with Coeur d'Alene Police patrol officers responding to a hit and run accident that had occurred at 7:22am at Dollar and Lost Ave. In that incident the suspect vehicle struck an Avista light pole and severed it.

Officers came into contact with the male driver at 14th and Young during the follow-up investigation. No further details of this investigation will be released today.

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Police say a 35-year-old man is dead following an officer involved shooting in Coeur d'Alene. 

Authorities say Coeur d'Alene police officers were following up on a hit and run call Sunday morning in the area of S. Dollar and E. Lost where a car hit a light pole and fled the scene. Their follow up brought them to the area of 15th and Young. Police made contact with a 35-year-old man, and at some point, for unknown reasons, shot the man. He died at the scene. His identity has not been released. 

Right now, Idaho State Police are leading the investigation. As soon as we get any additional details, we'll update this story. 

 

Coeur d'Alene Police Department Press Release: 

Coeur d'Alene Police Detectives are on scene in the area of 14th and Young investigating an officer involved shooting that occurred at approximately 8:00am. One adult male was injured. His status is not available at this time. The investigation has been turned over to Idaho State Police and the local critical incident team that is comprised of detectives from local law enforcement agencies. Future updates will be provided by ISP. The public is asked to avoid the area and take alternate routes.

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