PRESTON — A man was fatally shot by law enforcement officers Tuesday night after pulling a knife on them outside of a grocery store here, authorities said.
The man died at the scene outside of Stokes Marketplace in the 200 block of South State Street after being shot by the officers, according to the Pocatello Police Department, one of the law enforcement agencies that’s investigating the incident.
Authorities have not said how many officers from the Preston Police Department and Franklin County Sheriff’s Office opened fire on the suspect. The names of the officers involved in the shooting and the name of the deceased suspect have not been released.
The incident began to unfold around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday when the Preston Police Department and Franklin County Sheriff’s Office responded to Stokes to investigate a report of a suspicious man at the store.
According to witnesses, the man was escorted out of the store by officers from those two law enforcement agencies. The man then reportedly pulled a knife on the officers, who tried to subdue him with a Taser.
When the Taser didn’t stop him, the officers fatally shot the man, authorities said.
The case is being investigated by the Eastern Idaho Critical Incident Team, with the Pocatello Police Department leading the investigation. Local law enforcement agencies employ the critical incident team to investigate whenever an officer-involved shooting occurs in eastern Idaho.
Idaho State Police, the Bannock County Sheriff’s Office and Chubbuck police are assisting Pocatello police with the investigation as part of the critical incident team.
Officers from all of those agencies were on the scene at Stokes investigating for several hours following the shooting.