A MAN INVOLVED IN A WILD EXCHANGE OF GUN FIRE WITH
POLICE AND SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES IN POST FALLS LAST MONTH
WAS ARMED WITH A PAIR OF HIGH-POWERED ASSAULT RIFLES.
24 YEAR OLD MARCUS RAEL WAS SHOT BY POLICE IN THAT
TODAY INVESTIGATORS GAVE US A LOOK AT JUST HOW DANGEROUS
THE INCIDENT ALONG INTERSTATE 90 REALLY WAS.
KXLY4'S JEFF HUMPHREY WAS IN SANDPOINT TODAY, WHERE
THE BONNER COUNTY SHERIFF DETAILED THE SHOOTING.
AND WHAT LIES AHEAD FOR THE GUNMAN.
31;12 ONE OF THE MOST INTERESTING THINGS WE LEARNED
IN TODAY'S NEWS CONFERENCE IS THAT RAEL FIRED AT PURSUING
OFFICERS AFTER HE HAD EXITED THE FREEWAY ON THIS OFF
YET EVEN AFTER HE HAD SHOT AT POLICE, THOSE SAME OFFICERS
HELD THEIR FIRE AND TRIED TO GET RAEL TO SURRENDER.
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THE STANDOFF ENDED IN A BARAGE OF GUNFIRE THAT ECHOED
THROUGH THE POST FALLS NIGHT.
WE NOW KNOW A COUR D' ALENE POLICE OFFICER WAS TRYING
TO PULL OVER RAEL ON SHERMAN AVENUE BECAUSE HE SUSPECTED
RAEL WAS DRUNK DRIVING.
RAEL PULLED AWAY FROM THE TRAFFIC STOP AND ONTO INTERSTATE
DARLY WHEELER/BONNER COUNTY SHERIFF 18;18 mr rael
was driving westbound when he saw the officers he
pulled off of the highway and that's when he started
shooting at the officers prior to him crashing into
the jersey barrier 18;31
RAEL WAS ARMED WITH AN AK-47 AND AN F-N FIVE POINT
BOTH SHOOT BULLETS THAT CAN PENETRATE BALLISTIC VESTS.
THE CARBINE HAD A 50 ROUND MAGAZINE.
SHERIFF WHEELER 18;48 i can tell you mister rael
started shooting and the officers did try to talk
him out of his fortified position and the officers
did try to talk him out of giving up his weapons and
OFFICERS KNEW RAEL'S NAME BECAUSE HE APPARANTLY CALLED
9-1-1 DURING THE PURSUIT AND ASKE DISPATCHERS FOR
WHEN HE STARTED SHOOTING AT POLICE AND DEPUITES A
SECOND TIME, THEY OPENED FIRE.
SHERIFF WHEELER 24;38 they showed great courage and
restraint that night trying to deescalate that scene
if you've never been in a firefight or been shot at
you don't understand how stressful that can be 24;50