RATHDRUM, IDAHO - The Kootenai County Sheriff's Department is investigating a shooting involving an Idaho State Police Trooper that stemmed from a car chase.
Shots rang out shortly after 7:00 p.m. on Monday night near the intersection of Ramsey Road and Boekel north of Hayden, Idaho.
The Sheriff's Department confirms that a trooper with Idaho State Police stopped the driver of Jeep Cherokee on US 95 at Ohio Match Road for speeding. The driver took off in the car and after a brief chase, the trooper fired shots at the couple who were passengers in the jeep.
"I can tell you the trooper is a seasoned veteran. We don't fire on anybody unless our lives are threatened. There had to have been something known to the trooper at the time," said Kootenai County Sheriff's Department Lt. Stu Miller.
Both passengers, a man and woman, sustained injuries during the shooting and were transported to Kootenai Medical Center for treatment.
Many people living nearby like Robert Noordam were shocked to see flashing lights and a road block outside their front door.
"It's hard to tell, first I thought there was a wreck up on the railroad but then I thought they were after someone," said Noordam, who was finally allowed to pass through the roadblock to his driveway.
As of Monday night, the Sheriff's Department wouldn't release the names of the passengers in the jeep or their conditions at the hospital. The name of the trooper was also withheld.