Thursday, December 5, 2013

Kootenai County Sheriff's Office Statement - Early Morning Pursuit and Manhunt

The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office issued the following press release photo and updates about an incident that occurred last night just before midnight.  At this time the Idaho State Police do not have any further information to release.  

Just before midnight on December 4, 2013, a Spirit Lake Police Officer attempted to stop a white Ford SUV for a traffic violation. The SUV failed to stop and the officer initiated a pursuit of the vehicle. 

The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office and Idaho State Police were called to assist with the pursuit as the vehicle fled east on Highway 54 from Spirit Lake at speeds near 100 mph. A Deputy Sheriff joined in the pursuit near Clagstone Road and the suspect fired a gun at the pursuing officer and deputy, striking both vehicles. 

Near the traffic circle on Highway 54, near Farragut State Park, the SUV turned southbound onto Goodhope Road and eventually crashed into a woodshed at the end of Goodhope Road. The SUV then caught fire as the suspect fled on foot. 

Numerous resources including the Idaho State Police, a KCSO K9 unit, Spokane County Air1 and the KCSO multi-agency SWAT Team have been called in to assist with the search for the suspect. 

 *UPDATE* The KCSO multi-agency SWAT team located the suspect in the earlier pursuit and have taken him into custody. The Idaho State Police will be taking the lead on the investigation since the Sheriff’s Office was involved in the pursuit. Area residents are being told to resume their normal activities. Investigators will be remaining on scene to process and collect evidence. 

*UPDATE – 2* The suspect has been identified as Dillen James Endres, 22 years old from Priest River, ID. He is currently in custody at the Kootenai County Jail on Grand Theft, Driving without Privileges, and Driving without Insurance charges. Endres will have his first appearance on Friday, December 6th. At this time, he is being held without bond for
the Grand Theft charge. Endres may face other charges in the near future. Enders has one prior adult booking in the KCSO Jail for Driving with an Invalid Driver’s License in 2010. 

Any further media requests for this incident should be directed to the Idaho State Police. 

Dillen J. Endres