Coeur d’Alene police officers chasing a man they believed had fired a gun within a crowd watching the city’s annual fireworks display, shot and injured the suspect late Thursday.
Police said the man fired at officers just prior to them firing back.
Officers heard the original shot that set off the chase near Independence Point about 10:10 p.m., sending spectators running as police and sheriff’s deputies flooded into the scene. Officers chased the suspect into City Park, where he “turned towards the officers and fired a handgun,” Coeur d’Alene police said in a news release.
No officers were struck.
Officers returned fire, striking him multiple times. He was taken to Kootenai Health for treatment, police said.
The Idaho State Police is leading the investigation.
Witnesses described a confusing scene.
KHQ News Director Kelly Hatmaker was at the fireworks show when the shooting occurred.
He said it appeared the incident began soon after the grand finale. But there were fireworks from private citizens still being shot off, so it was difficult to assess the situation.
“It was hard to distinguish between the fireworks that we were hearing and all of sudden seeing the police cars rushing in,” Hatmaker told KHQ.
This article first published in The Spokesman-Review.