Officers won’t face charges in September’s deadly Coeur d’Alene shooting

Fares Al Samno was shot and killed by officers in September

COEUR D’ALENE, Wash. — Multiple officers who were under investigation for a deadly shooting in Coeur d’Alene back in September will not face charges, the Post Falls Police Department said on Friday.

Members of the Coeur d’Alene Police Department, Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office and Idaho State Police responded to reports of a disorderly man in a neighborhood west of Highway 95 on September 4.

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Citizens said the man, later identified as 29-year-old Fares J. Al Samno, had a knife and was acting aggressively toward people passing by.

CDAPD officials said officers commanded Al Samno to drop the knife, but he refused. Officers reportedly attempted to use non-lethal force, including bean bags and tasers, before shooting at Al Samno. He died at the scene.

The officers involved were Officers Craig Wade, Jacob Brazle, and Detective Nathan Herbig with the Coeur d’Alene Police Department, as well as Deputy Doug Goodman with the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office and an Idaho State Police trooper.

The shooting was investigated by the Post Falls Police Department. The findings were then handed off to Kootenai County Prosecuting Attorney Barry McHugh, who determined the officers were justified in their use of lethal force.