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Idaho trooper shoots, kills motorist at Lookout Pass

By The Associated Press
Published On: Jun 12 2013 04:37:50 PM MDT
Updated On: Jun 12 2013 06:30:42 PM MDT
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MULLAN, Idaho -

An Idaho State Police trooper has shot and killed a motorist along Interstate 90 at Lookout Pass, just west of the Idaho-Montana state line.

Investigators on scene say an orange Scion was parked along the side of I-90 around noon on Wednesday, near exit 0 in Idaho at Lookout Pass. They say someone called asking for a welfare check. When authorities arrived, they found a firearm inside the vehicle, and there was some sort of struggle. At one point, a trooper shot the person inside the car.

The suspect is has not been identified, but is described as a man in his 20s, with Montana plates. He was pronounced dead at the scene, and was taken to the Shoshone Medical Center.

The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office, which is investigating the shooting, says the officer was not injured.

The following is a press release from the Kootenai County Sheriff's Department:

On June 12, 2013 at just before 12:00 PM, the Shoshone County Sheriff’s Office responded to Interstate 90 at about milepost 73, about 2 miles west of the Idaho/Montana border, to check the welfare of a motorist parked in an eastbound turnout.

Once the deputy arrived on scene, an Idaho State Trooper stopped to assist. During the contact with the occupant of the car, he was found to be in possession of a handgun. A struggle ensued and during the struggle, the ISP Trooper fired his service weapon, striking the male.

The suspect, a white male in his twenties, was transported to Shoshone Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries. At this time, the male hasn’t been positively identified.

An autopsy will be scheduled at a later time.

The multi-agency Critical Investigative Team was requested for the investigation, with the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office being the lead agency.

Both the trooper and deputy are on administrative leave per their department protocols.

They were not injured in the incident.

If anyone traveling on I-90 witnessed the incident, they are asked to contact the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office at (208)446-1300.

Further information will be released as it becomes available.