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Details emerge in Idaho trooper-involved shooting

Published On: Jul 25 2013 05:48:57 PM MDT
Updated On: Jul 25 2013 06:36:31 PM MDT
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KALISPELL, Mont. -

New information in an officer-involved shooting that left a Montana man dead near the Idaho-Montana border. Lieutenant Stu Miller with the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office told NBC Montana Alexander MandarIno was coming from the Seattle area and likely headed back to Montana.

Shoshone County deputy Adam Durflinger approached Mandarino's car in a turnout. Mandarino was sleeping at the time. A check on the license plates revealed the plates were Mandarino's, but the car belonged to his roommate, and he had borrowed it without permission.

Idaho State Trooper Todd McDevitt and Durflinger talked with Mandarino with quite some time before he exited his car, moved to the passenger's seat, and produced a handgun.

Officers and Mandarino struggled to gain control of the gun, McDevitt stepped back, and fired a single round into Mandarino's chest. Preliminary toxicology reports show Mandarino had THC in his system.

"We haven't been able to ascertain what the intent of his actions were," said Miller, "whether it was homicidal or suicidal. What were the details and the events leading up to this confrontation? We're trying to piece that together as well as well as anybody he had contact with."

Miller said the autopsy and ballistics report are still pending. Once complete, the sheriff's reports will be passed on to the county prosecutor to determine if the shooting was justifiable.