Man killed in law enforcement confrontation

By Cameron Rasmusson
Reader Staff

A Bonner County man was fatally shot by Bonner County Sheriff’s Office deputies this week after the officers tried to serve him a felony arrest warrant.

According to a sheriff’s office press release, Craig Johnson, 50, died on his way to the hospital after an altercation with county deputies. At 9 a.m. Tuesday, Johnson was fired upon by the officers after confronting them with a firearm and showing hostile behavior. The incident took place near Coolin at the southern shore of Priest Lake.

Following the shooting, the deputies conducted emergency medical treatment and called for an ambulance, which carried Johnson toward air transportation to a hospital. However, he died en route to the air ambulance.

The North Idaho Critical Incident Task Force is heading up investigation into the shooting under the lead of Idaho State Police.

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