COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - One day after the Kootenai County prosecutor ruled a 2012 Coeur d'Alene Police officer-involved shooting was justified authorities have released dash cam and body cam footage from the officers involved in that shooting.
Christian Buquet, 19, shot a man in the chest and then led police on a chase through the Lake City in 2012, driving erratically and firing shots at officers from his moving car, putting bystanders and officers in danger. They finally shot him when his car came to a stop and officers said he pointed a gun directly at them on the Centennial Trail.
Dash cams and body cameras are giving us a better idea than ever before what these officers face in these violent confrontations. In this case, you never see Buquet but you do see some of the actions that led officers to believe they were in danger.
The footage shows several erratic turns in traffic, with officers pursuing Buquet down Coeur d'Alene Lake Drive near Higgins Point. In the footage one officer is driving with his Bushmaster patrol rifle in one hand, steering wheel in the other, ready to fire as he's chasing Buquet. When the chase comes to an end there's a flash from Buquet's car followed by a large volume of fire from police officers.
Four officers fired their weapons that day, riddling his car with bullets. Buquet died at the scene, a gun lying next to him on the passenger side floor of the vehicle.
Prosecutor Barry McHugh cleared the officers of any wrongdoing this week nearly 18 months after the shooting. He says Buquet posed an immediate and continuing threat and showed no signs of stopping his violent behavior.
McHugh extended his condolences to Buquet's family and friends and said he hopes his decision brings closure to the officers involved.