A federal jury acquitted a Nez Perce Tribal Police officer of lying to the FBI in a case linked to the 2011 fatal shooting of a motorist.

The Lewiston Tribune reports Officer Trevor M. Garrett was found innocent in U.S. District Court in Coeur d'Alene of making false statements during the investigation into Jeffrey A. Flinn's death.

Following a low-speed chase on Nov. 12, 2011, Flinn exited his truck and stood with his hands in the air for three to five seconds before he was killed by tribal officer Robert Wall.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation contended Garrett misled the agency during its probe of the incident.

Defense attorney James Siebe of Moscow, who represented Garrett, said his client failed to recall details, but never lied about the shooting.