RATHDRUM, Idaho-- Authorities in two states and the FBI are on the hunt for a man accused of shooting at a member of the Idaho State Police. The fugitive is consider armed and dangerous.
Mitchell Lee Walck’s crime spree began in Rathdrum with a high speed chase, a shooting, and a kidnapping.
Walck has a violent history that involves assaulting a law enforcement officer.
Officers said Walck shot at an ISP trooper in Rathdrum early Saturday morning after leading authorities on a pursuit. The trooper was not hurt.
Walck ran off into the woods and up Rathdrum Mountain.
Kootenai County Sheriff’s deputies said sometime after that, Walck forced a Rathdrum woman, 62 year old Susan Smith, into her home and held her at gunpoint for hours until investigators left. He allegedly kidnapped the woman as the two drove off in her 2005 silver Subaru Forester Saturday evening.
The woman he's accused of kidnapping is safe. Smith is on her way back from Montana, where her alleged kidnapper let her go.
On Sunday, Smith was able to call a family member and get help after her alleged kidnapper let her go in Glendive, Montana. That's almost 750 miles from Rathdrum.
Smith wasn’t hurt in the ordeal.
Walck was last seen driving the victim’s car with Idaho license plate K230050.
Detectives said Walck is armed with a handgun, and two rifles he stole from the victim’s home.
A bulletin put out by the Coeur d’Alene Police Department said Walck is a “Sovereign Citizen”, a group the FBI considers anti-government. The same bulletin suggests Walck could also have ties to local Aryan Nations.
Authorities said Walck may have changed his appearance by shaving his facial hair and dying his hair black.
He is wanted on a Felony probation violation warrant out of Sanders County, MT. The Montana Department of Corrections shows Walck was sentenced to 10 years in prison for assaulting a peace officer in 2001.
Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest is offering a $1,000 reward for any information that leads to Walck’s arrest.