Sheriff: Gunman fired first at Idaho police
SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) - A northern Idaho sheriff says a 24-year-old Arizona man armed with a semi-automatic AK-47 rifle and another rifle fired first at police before officers returned fire and took him into custody.
Bonner County Sheriff Daryl Wheeler says officers then provided medical aid to Marcus Anthony Rael of Glendale and likely saved his life.
Wheeler said Wednesday that evidence shows Rael fired both weapons during the June 22 exchange on Interstate 90 after police attempted to pull him over for suspected drunk driving.
Police say Rael fled but crashed in Post Falls at a police roadblock where he exchanged gunfire with 12 officers.
Rael is charged with felony eluding law enforcement. Authorities say additional charges are possible.
Rael is being held in the Kootenai County Jail on $1 million bail.