Coeur d’Alene PD: Investigators shoot man who threatened school, law enforcement

DALTON GARDENS Idaho– A man accused of making threats toward law enforcement and an elementary school was shot by Coeur d’Alene police and Kootenai County deputies.

Investigators said it started around 2 p.m. Monday when the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office got reports of a suicidal man at a home near Dalton Elementary School. The school was put on a safety hold and deputies started trying to negotiate with the man.

Coeur d’Alene Police said it was called in to help with negotiations and evacuating the school. School leaders said they did not evacuate, but did have a ” closely supervised dismissal” at the end of their regular day. Students were picked up by parents or got on buses on the side of the school that was away from the situation.

While deputies and officers tried to talk to the man he repeatedly said he was going to shoot them, investigators said. He’s also accused of making threats towards the people at the school.

At about 5:26 p.m. he pulled out an AR-type rifle and threatened officers and deputies. That’s when members of the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office and the Coeur d’Alene Police Department fired their weapons, according to officers.

The Coeur d’Alene Police Department said the man was taken to the hospital. Officers did not release his condition nor his identity.

None of the deputies or officers at the scene were hurt. There were no students at the school when the shooting happened.

The North Idaho Critical Incident Task Force was initiated and the Idaho State Police was identified as the lead investigative agency for this incident.

This is a developing story.