Police fire shots at alleged meth dealer near Coeur d'Alene

Police fire shots at alleged meth dealer near Coeur d'Alene

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by KREM.com

KTVB.COM

Posted on January 9, 2013 at 8:53 AM

WORLEY, Idaho -- A drug deal involving the Drug Enforcement Association ended with a man in the hospital for shrapnel wounds after police shot at him while he drove away from an alleged drug deal.

Police said the suspect met an undercover DEA officer around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Tribal Conoco Tribal gas station at 37902 S. Nukwalqw in Worley. The gas station is adjacent to the Coeur d’Alene Casino.

Authorities tried to arrest the man after he allegedly sold methamphetamines to an undercover agent in a sting called "Buy and Bust." The man reportedly drove away from the scene and led officers on a quick pursuit, covering about one-quarter mile.

Authorities laid down spike strips, which stopped the suspect’s vehicle.

One of the officers fired at the suspect during the pursuit. Investigators say some of the officers felt threatened.

The 41-year-old suspect was hit by flying shrapnel and received a minor skin injury. He was taken to Kootenai Medical Center.

Police declined to release the suspect’s name until he was booked into jail.

Authorities did not immediately release the name of the agency that fired the shot. Idaho State Police was providing backup to the DEA’s investigation.

The suspect is expected to face drug trafficking charges, along with others.

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