All 12 police officers who fired their weapons in a freeway shootout with a heavily armed suspect in Post Falls last summer were justified in their actions, a North Idaho prosecutor has found. (story continues below video) WARNING VIDEO IS INTENSE
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Six Coeur d’Alene police officers, three Post Falls police officers, two Kootenai County sheriff’s deputies and an Idaho State Police trooper exchanged gunfire with Marcus Rael at an Interstate 90 overpass June 22, after an officer tried to stop him for suspected DUI.
The 24-year-old Rael was armed with an FN 5.7 carbine assault rifle with a 50-round magazine and an AK-47 with a high-capacity drum magazine. Evidence shows he fired both weapons, investigators said.
Rael, of Glendale, Arizona, shot at police first and exchanged fire with officers for about 75 seconds at the Spokane Street exit in Post Falls. The gun battle ended when Rael was wounded. No officers were injured.
He had led police on a chase from Coeur d’Alene, where he allegedly evaded an officer’s attempt to arrest him on suspicion of driving under the influence, investigators said.
The Critical Incident Task Force detectives have released the names of the law enforcement personnel directly involved in the exchange of gunfire with Marcus A. Rael in the early morning hours of June 22, 2014.
There were a total of twelve law enforcement personnel from four local agencies, they are as follows:
Idaho State Police:
Corporal J. Kagarice, 13+ years with ISP
Kootenai County Sheriff:
Deputy P. Mead, 2+ years with KCSO
Deputy E. Hedlund, 6+ years with KCSO
Post Falls Police:
Senior Officer B. Chapman, 19+ years with PFPD
Officer J. Mealer, 8 months with PFPD
Senior Officer A. Sporleder, 1+ years with PFPD
Coeur d’Alene Police:
Officer A. Wessel, 6+ years with CDAPD
Officer J. Schneider, 8+ years with CDAPD
Officer D. Taylor, 3+ years with CDAPD
Officer N. Petersen, 4+ years with CDAPD
Officer J. Noble, 4+ years with CDAPD
Officer A. Tenney, 6+ years with CDAPD
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