Officials release identity of Mont. man shot in Idaho

POSTED: 3:14 PM Jun 13 2013   UPDATED: 10:08 AM Jun 14 2013
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -

The following is a press release from the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office:

The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office is able to release the name of the suspect in yesterday’s shooting incident. Alexander L. Mandarino, age 26 from Whitefish, MT was the individual involved in the incident. His family has been notified.

An autopsy was performed this afternoon; results are not available at this time. Toxicology reports will not be available for 6-8 weeks.

On June 12, 2013 at just before 12:00 PM, the Shoshone County Sheriff’s Office responded to Interstate 90 at about milepost 73, about 2 miles west of the Idaho/Montana border, to check the welfare of a motorist parked in an eastbound turnout.

Once the deputy arrived on scene, an Idaho State Trooper stopped to assist. During the contact with the occupant of the car, he was found to be in possession of a handgun. A struggle ensued and during the struggle, the ISP Trooper fired his service weapon, striking the male.

The suspect, a white male in his twenties, was transported to Shoshone Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries. At this time, the male hasn’t been positively identified. An autopsy will be scheduled at a later time.

The multi-agency Critical Investigative Team was requested for the investigation, with the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office being the lead agency.

Both the trooper and deputy are on administrative leave per their department protocols. They were not injured in the incident.

If anyone traveling on I-90 witnessed the incident, they are asked to contact the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office at (208)446-1300.

Further information will be released as it becomes available.