Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Autopsy Concluded in Officer Involved Shooting in Coeur d’Alene

COEUR D’ALENE – The Kootenai County Coroner’s Office has concluded the autopsy of the man shot during an incident with officers of the Coeur d’Alene Police Department on Sunday.  The autopsy results indicate that Eric B. Johnston died as a result of gunshot wounds.  The incident is under investigation by investigators from the Idaho State Police.  Toxicology results from the autopsy are not expected to be available for several weeks.

Coeur d’Alene Police Chief Wayne Longo offered the following statement on the death involving officers from his department.   “We extend our sympathy to Eric Johnston’s family, and commit to a professional investigation of the officer involved shooting.  The use of deadly force is a decision officers must face during extremely difficult and dangerous situations.  I have confidence in our officers and the investigative process. I have requested the Idaho State Police conduct a comprehensive investigation into this shooting."

As policy dictates, the officers involved in this incident have been placed on administrative leave.  No further information on this investigation is being released at this time.