- Ben Olson/Sandpoint Reader
- Police from multiple north Idaho agencies cordoned off part of a residential neighborhood in Sandpoint on Tuesday following an officer-involved shooting that left an unidentified man dead.
Law enforcement officials have released the name of a man killed in an officer-involved shooting in the north Idaho resort town of Sandpoint Tuesday afternoon.
According to a statement from the Sandpoint Police Department, Casey George Alarcon, 34, of Sandpoint, died from a single gunshot wound after firing twice at officers during a struggle at a residence. None of the officers were injured.
Police have not specified why they were at the home, other than to state they were "conducting enforcement activities." The Sandpoint Reader reports the Bonner County Dispatch log states police were serving a felony arrest warrant. County records show a felony warrant had been issued for Alarcon's arrest in July for an alleged failure to comply with conditions of his release on an earlier robbery charge.
According to media reports, the incident occurred Aug. 11 around 3 p.m. The police statement said Alarcon died en route to the hospital and neighbors said they heard multiple shots fired. A video taken by a neighbor shortly after the shooting appears to show a man being led away by police claiming they had "murdered" his brother.
Casey Alarcon, 34, of Sandpoint, died Aug. 11 in an officer-involved shooting following a struggle with police.
"Sandpoint police just murdered my brother," the unidentified man shouted in the video, which was uploaded to Facebook by Christopher Schafer.
"Yeah. In the heart, four times," the man said, conflicting with the official account.
"Oh my god, why'd you guys do that?" Schafer asked the arresting officer.
"Because they love murdering people, they love breaking the Constitution, they're nothing but fucking pigs," the man shouted before being put into a Ponderay Police Department vehicle.
Another neighbor, quoted by the Sandpoint Reader, said she heard shouts of "murderers" as well.
The identity of the man in the video and the circumstances regarding his being handcuffed could not be confirmed, and while Kootenai County Sheriff's Office spokesman Gary Schultz said investigators are aware of the video, "there's no new information that's going to be released at this time because the investigation is ongoing. They are planning on first part of next week to have updates for everybody."
The incident was captured by the officer's body-worn camera. Three officers are on paid administrative leave and their names will be released at a later date.
Sandpoint police were involved in another fatal shooting last summer, when a knife-wielding woman was killed in the parking lot of a local hospital. Later found to be pregnant, Leanetta Riley had a history of methamphetamine and alcohol abuse. Her husband had driven her to the hospital as she was threatening to harm herself and others. When she moved toward officers holding a three-inch filet knife, they opened fire, hitting her in the torso three times. The shooting was found to be justified by the Kootenai County prosecutor.
Alarcon was ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation following a 2007 incident in which he robbed a downtown Sandpoint bar and expressed his desire to be killed by police. Dozens of tributes and condolences have been posted to Alarcon's Facebook page, which lists his residence as Boise.
Tuesday's shooting is being investigated by the Region 1 Critical Incident Response team, comprised of law enforcement agencies from the five northern counties, with the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office designated as the lead agency.