Coeur D'Alene, ID - Northern Idaho Police Sgt. Shot - In Critical Condition - Suspect Steals Patrol Car - 125 MPH Chase - Abandons Patrol Car - Caught By Police Dog Hiding Under Truck

May 5, 2015

komonews.com

A northern Idaho officer is in critical condition Tuesday after being shot by a suspect who stole his patrol car, led a 125-mph chase and got dragged from under a semitrailer by a police dog and arrested, authorities said.

Coeur d'Alene police Sgt. Greg Moore was shot once around 1:30 a.m. after checking on a suspicious individual in a neighborhood, Police Chief Lee White said. Moore is being treated at a hospital, but the chief didn't provide information about the nature of his injuries.

Moore, a 16-year veteran of the department, called dispatch to get information on 26-year-old Jonathan Renfro, White said. Not long after, a resident called police.

The resident "had heard a noise that sounded like a gunshot and they shortly after said that there was a body lying in the street," White said at an early morning news conference.

"From the information I've received so far, it doesn't look like an ambush-style attack," the chief said. "This was just a bad guy doing bad guy stuff and our officers doing what they were trained to do - and that's trying to keep our communities safe."

An officer from nearby Post Falls who was listening to radio traffic about the incident saw a Coeur d'Alene police car race by at about 90 mph, so he gave chase close to the Washington state line, with speeds reaching 125 mph, Post Falls Police Chief Scott Haug said.

The officer found the patrol car abandoned, and the Washington State Police and Kootenai County Sheriff's Office helped set up a perimeter, Haug said.

A police dog found Renfro about two hours later hiding under a tractor-trailer, wedged off the ground between the axle area and the truck, near a Walmart in Post Falls, Haug said.

"He was engaged by the dog when he would not comply and taken into custody," Haug said.

White said a motive for the shooting hasn't been determined. He said Renfro is being held at the Kootenai County Jail.