Identity of man shot by CdA police released

Identity of man shot by CdA police released

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by KREM.com

KTVB.COM

Posted on August 25, 2013 at 8:48 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 26 at 1:37 PM

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -- Idaho State Police investigators have released the name of a man who was shot dead Sunday morning after a confrontation with Coeur d'Alene Police officers.

The shooting victim is Eric B. Johnston, 35, from Dalton Gardens. 

An autopsy will be performed today.  The results of the autopsy are not expected to be available for several weeks.

Officials said Johnston was killed on the scene after an apparent altercation over a hit-and-run incident.  The man reportedly hit and severed a light pole with a vehicle around Dollar and Lost Avenue. Authorities said they tracked him down and an altercation ensued after officers made contact.

"And then I heard boom, boom, boom, boom," said Wendy Wood, who was at home when police opened fire behind her housing complex.

Johnston was killed.  It is not yet known if he was armed.  No officers were injured in the confrontation.

Wood said Johnston, whom she was friends with, came to her house after the car accident and was worried about getting another DUI.

"He just kept saying I don't want to go back to jail," she added.

The man went outside to the back alley, according to Wood, and that’s when she claimed police opened fire while she was still inside her house.

"He wasn't harming anybody,” Wood said. “He bumped into a tree and the next thing I know the cops are standing in my door way shooting him four times."

Wood said the suspect was threatening to hurt himself when police walked in.

"The cop said ‘put the knife down,’ which he was holding to himself and then I heard maybe four or five gunshots," said Wood.

The Idaho State Police will continue to be the lead in the investigation.

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