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Two Sandpoint Police officers shot, shooting suspect dead

Officers hospitalized but in good condition

SANDPOINT, Idaho - UPDATE: The Sandpoint police officers shot Monday morning have been identified as Officer Michael Hutter and Officer Eric Clark. Both officers were shot twice.

Officer Hutter was shot in the leg and chest. He was treated at Bonner General Hospital Monday morning and then released. Officer Hutter is a 30-year law enforcement veteran. He worked at the Sandpoint Police Department from 1990 to 1997, before joining the City of Ponderay Police Department in 1997 and was Ponderay Chief of Police until his retirement in 2016. He was then rehired by the Sandpoint Police Department.

Officer Clark was shot in the neck and left hand. He was transported to Kootenai Medical Center because of his severe injuries. He has undergone two surgeries and is in recovery. He was hired by the Sandpoint Police Department in 2015.

The suspect has been identified as 28-year-old Brandon Kuhlman, a Sandpoint resident. Investigators found Kuhlman deceased in the residence. An autopsy will be performed on Tuesday.

The North Idaho Critical Incident Task Force is leading the investigation and is still on scene. 

More information will be released as it becomes available in the next few days.

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Bonner County Commissioner, Dan McDonald, says two Sandpoint police officers were shot early Monday morning. The officers are said to be in good condition.  The suspect in the shooting is dead.

The sheriff's office issued an alert at around 3:30 a.m., warning residents in the Ridley Village area of Sandpoint to stay in their residences due to a heavy law enforcement presence.

The Sandpoint Police Department responded to a call for service just after 3 a.m. at a residence in Ridley Village. 

While they were talking to the person who made the call, another person stepped out of the residence and began firing at officers. The officers sought cover and the suspect then shot at the officers a second time. The officers returned fire, and the suspect was pronounced dead.

One officer was transported to Kootenai Medical Center and is in surgery.  The second was transported to Bonner General Hospital.


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