Police: Cop Shooting Suspect Cornered in Idaho Church After

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  1. glockgirl

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    Police: Cop Shooting Suspect Cornered in Idaho Church After Injuring 3
    Sunday, May 20, 2007

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    MOSCOW, Idaho — Two law enforcement officers and one civilian were wounded in an ambush-style hail of automatic weapons fire and police said early Sunday they believed they had the shooter cornered in a church.

    About 75 shots were fired in the attack and law enforcement officers surrounded the nearby First Presbyterian Church, where they believed the shooter or shooters are still inside, said David Duke, Moscow's assistant police chief.

    Duke said the attack was apparently an ambush, with the shooter firing into the Latah County Courthouse to lure people into the line of fire.

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    "Whoever the shooter is wanted to draw people to the courthouse," Duke said. "When officers responded, he did open fire on them."

    A Moscow police officer was shot first, followed by a Latah County sheriff's deputy who came to his aid. A civilian was struck after that, Duke said.

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    Police declined to release the condition of the people who had been shot, and few details were immediately available.

    Duke said the victims were shot with automatic weapons fire.

    Police initially said two civilians had been shot, but corrected that after learning that one civilian was injured elsewhere.

    Dozens of law enforcement officers surrounded the church, which is nestled in a heavily residential neighborhood near downtown and Moscow High School.

    The incident began around 11 p.m. Saturday, when someone began shooting at the courthouse, Duke said. The courthouse, which includes the sheriff's office, was evacuated, Duke said. More than 30 shots were fired into the sheriff's dispatch center, but no one was injured, Duke said.

    The final shot from inside the church was heard about 1 a.m., Duke said.

    Officers have had no contact with the person in the church, he said.

    Streets in the area have been barricaded and residents have been told to stay inside their homes. Many residents told news media that they heard the hail of bullets, and some said they witnessed the shooting of the officers.

    Moscow, a community of about 20,000 people that is home to the University of Idaho, is located 80 miles south of Spokane, Wash.

    The wounded people were taken to Gritman Medical Center in Moscow.

    Law enforcement officers from throughout the area converged on the scene, including heavily armed SWAT officers. Duke said they were preparing a plan for ending the standoff.

    The two officers were shot after they left their vehicles, Duke said.

    Police do not believe the shooter had a specific target in mind, Duke said.

    "He was just shooting at anybody he could," Duke said. "We believe the shots were from a high area, based on where the victims were shot."

    A caretaker lives in the church, but Duke said police have had no contact with that person since the incident started.

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  2. ptsmith24

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    holy crap. that's nuts. i saw it on the news when i turned it on a few minutes ago... i don't know why they were calling it an automatic rifle...i would think it is a semi-auto rifle... the news also talked and talked about how many mags he had and all that...
     

  3. Macktee

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    The latest:


    2 dead in church after Idaho shootings

    By JOHN K. WILEY, Associated Press Writer 4 minutes ago

    Law enforcement officers on Sunday stormed a church where a shooter hid after wounding three in a courthouse ambush, finding the body of the likely gunman and another man, police said.

    The shooting began late Saturday and wounded two officers and a civilian, said David Duke, Moscow's assistant police chief. Duke said the attack was apparently an ambush, with the shooter firing into the Latah County Courthouse to lure people into the line of fire. A total of 75 shots were fired, he said.

    Shortly after 6 a.m., three SWAT teams entered the First Presbyterian Church and found the two bodies on the main floor, Duke said. A semiautomatic rifle, ammunition and spent shells were found with one of the men, he said.

    "We believe one of those is our shooter," Duke said. Authorities did not know the identities of either man.

    Police did not know the motive of the shooter and did not believe he had a specific target in mind, Duke said.

    A hail of more than 30 bullets struck the Latah County Courthouse shortly after 11 p.m. Saturday, ripping through the dispatch center, Duke said. No one was injured, and officers rushed out of the building.

    "Whoever the shooter is wanted to draw people to the courthouse," Duke said. "When officers responded, he did open fire on them."

    A Moscow police officer was shot first, followed by a Latah County sheriff's deputy who came to his aid. The civilian was struck after that, Duke said. Their conditions were not revealed, although the civilian was apparently in surgery, Duke said.

    "He was just shooting at anybody he could," Duke said. "We believe the shots were from a high area, based on where the victims were shot."

    Officers surrounded the church, which is across the street from the courthouse and nestled in a residential neighborhood near downtown and Moscow High School. A final shot was heard from inside the church about 1 a.m. Sunday, Duke said.

    Duke would not say if the shooter committed suicide. The two bodies were not in the same room.

    Streets in the area had been barricaded and residents had been told to stay inside their homes. Many residents told news media that they heard the spray of bullets, and some said they witnessed the shooting of the officers.

    Moscow, a community of about 20,000 people that is home to the University of Idaho, is located 80 miles south of Spokane, Wash.


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  4. ptsmith24

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    semiauto, ok...at least one news source has it right.
     
  5. Foul

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    It's a damn good thing that churches are "gun-free" zones or someone could have been hurt...
    Wait...someone was hurt.

    Never mind.
     
  6. ptsmith24

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    I can't find a law prohibiting church carry in Idaho...
     
  7. Rammstein

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    He was probably talking about Georgia
     
  8. ptsmith24

    ptsmith24 New Member

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    Yea, but the story was about Idaho. That's what I was wondering about.
     
  9. legacy38

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    DANG IT all around!!

    I just saw that one of the dead was an officer. That makes six this week alone.
     
  10. glockgirl

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    seems to me criminals are becoming more brazen these days...
     
  11. Rammstein

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    Then you might as well open carry :D
     
  12. Malum Prohibitum

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    Maybe not . . . :-k

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    Link.
     
  13. Rammstein

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    Would this be the first legally purchased FA weapon to be used in a crime?
     
  14. Malum Prohibitum

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    Well, it does not sound anywhere close to confirmed yet, but no. There was one other, committed by a police officer with his privately owned FA weapon.
     
  15. Rammstein

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    lol.....can the Brady's really hold that one against us? heh
     
  16. Malum Prohibitum

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    http://www.guncite.com/gun_control_gcfullau.html
     
  17. Malum Prohibitum

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  18. Malum Prohibitum

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    Wow, a drug addicted, stalker of an anesthesiologist who stabs the doctor in the head during an operation!
     
  19. Rammstein

    Rammstein New Member

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    Only 240,000? I thought there would be more. Learn something every day.
     
  20. Malum Prohibitum

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    People were not too interested in them until they were banned from further manufacture and registration.