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FIRST ON KHQ.COM: Man Caught After Stealing Vehicle & Firing At Deputies

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Suspect Dillen James Endres Suspect Dillen James Endres

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PRESS RELEASE FROM THE KOOTENAI COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE: Just before midnight on December 4, 2013, a Spirit Lake Police Officer attempted to stop a white Ford SUV for a traffic violation. The SUV failed to stop and the officer initiated a pursuit of the vehicle.

The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office and Idaho State Police were called to assist with the pursuit as the vehicle fled east on Highway 54 from Spirit Lake at speeds near 100 mph. A Deputy Sheriff joined in the pursuit near Clagstone Road and the suspect fired a gun at the pursuing officer and deputy, striking both vehicles.

Near the traffic circle on Highway 54, near Farragut State Park, the SUV turned southbound onto Goodhope Road and eventually crashed into a woodshed at the end of Goodhope Road. The SUV then caught fire as the suspect fled on foot.

Numerous resources including the Idaho State Police, a KCSO K9 unit, Spokane County Air1 and the KCSO multi-agency SWAT Team have been called in to assist with the search for the suspect.

*UPDATE* The KCSO multi-agency SWAT team located the suspect in the earlier pursuit and have taken him into custody. The Idaho State Police will be taking the lead on the investigation since the Sheriff's Office was involved in the pursuit. Area residents are being told to resume their normal activities. Investigators will be remaining on scene to process and collect evidence.

*UPDATE – 2* The suspect has been identified as Dillen James Endres, 22 years old from Priest River, ID. He is currently in custody at the Kootenai County Jail on Grand Theft, Driving without Privileges, and Driving without Insurance charges. Endres will have his first appearance on Friday, December 6th.

At this time, he is being held without bond for the Grand Theft charge. Endres may face other charges in the near future. Enders has one prior adult booking in the KCSO Jail for Driving with an Invalid Driver's License in 2010. Any further media requests for this incident should be directed to the Idaho State Police.

UPDATE: The suspect, who hasn't been identified yet, has been captured and is in jail right now. He's expected to make his first court appearance on Friday.

All Athol Elementary School buses will be running 2 hours late. Parents can drop their kids off as soon as the school is open...or just two hours late as well.

BREAKING UPDATE: Athol Elementary is CLOSED right now because of an armed man in the area, no description yet of the suspect.

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE KOOTENAI COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE: Just before midnight on December 4, 2013, a Spirit Lake Police Officer attempted to stop a white Ford SUV for a traffic violation.

The SUV failed to stop and the officer initiated a pursuit of the vehicle. The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office and Idaho State Police were called to assist with the pursuit as the vehicle fled east on Highway 54 from Spirit Lake at speeds near 100 mph.

A Deputy Sheriff joined in the pursuit near Clagstone Road and the suspect fired a gun at the pursuing officer and deputy, striking both vehicles.

Near the traffic circle on Highway 54, near Farragut State Park, the SUV turned southbound onto Goodhope Road and eventually crashed into a woodshed at the end of Goodhope Road. The SUV then caught fire as the suspect fled on foot.

Numerous resources including the Idaho State Police, a KCSO K9 unit, Spokane County Air1 and the KCSO multi-agency SWAT Team have been called in to assist with the search for the suspect.

The SUV had been stolen from Lincoln County, Oregon while the homeowner was out of town.

Several roads in the area are closed, including Nunn Rd, east from Bunco Rd. and Goodhope Rd, south of Bunco Rd. Area residents have been contacted and asked to remain indoors and schools have also been contacted to not send busses into the area.

At this time, the identity and description of the suspect is unknown. More information will be released when it becomes available.

BREAKING UPDATE: Athol Elementary is CLOSED right now because of an armed man in the area, no description yet of the suspect.

BREAKING UPDATE: School buses in the Lakeland SD in Athol are delayed because of an armed man in the area. Routes affected: 8, 17 and 19. Police are asking parents and children to stay inside right now.

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KHQ.COM - Right now deputies in Athol, ID are searching for an armed man. Officers tried to pull the man over for a traffic stop overnight near Highway 95 and Nunn Road. He jumped out of his car and ran off.

At this hour we're working on getting a description for you and more details. Keep checking back to this web channel for updates.

 

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