Transient wanted for shooting at ISP trooper in Rathdrum

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by KREM.com

NWCN.com

Posted on December 1, 2012 at 8:15 PM

RATHDRUM, Idaho -- Post Falls Police investigators have identified 57-year-old Mitchell Lee Walck (aka Mark Mackenzie) as a person of interest in an early morning shooting in Rathdrum.

Police say Walck fired at an Idaho State Patrol trooper and then ran away.

The trooper was not hurt.

Investigators say Walck is a transient who is known to go to area churches seeking assistance, and he should be considered armed and dangerous.

Kootenai County Sheriff’s deputies attempted to stop a pickup truck on Highway 41 near Spirit Lake for a traffic violation late Friday night.

Detectives said the suspect failed to stop and led them on a pursuit. Spirit Lake Police and Idaho State Police joined the search and followed the man to Rathdrum.

Once the truck entered city limits, an officer flattened the truck’s tires. The suspect continued to drive until he reached Bingham Street, where he abandoned the truck and ran away on foot into a wooded area.

ISP kept following the man until he allegedly turned and shot at a trooper with a handgun. The trooper was not hurt.

The Kootenai Co. Sheriff's Office, Rathdrum Police, ISP and Post Falls Police set a perimeter in the area. Spokane County Air 1 also responded, but had no luck in tracking down the man. After searching for twelve hours, Kootenai Co. officials say the suspect was likely able to slip through their perimeter.

Police continue to search for this suspect. He is described as a white male, about 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-10 with a medium build. He was last seen wearing a long sleeved gray shirt, light blue jeans and possibly a blue ball cap. He is considered armed and dangerous. The identity of the suspect is unknown.

The pickup truck was found to be stolen from Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Officers say witnesses who spot Walck should not attempt to approach or contact him. Anyone with information should contact the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office at 208-446-1300.

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