FBI investigating deadly officer-involved shooting near Lewiston - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

FBI investigating deadly officer-involved shooting near Lewiston

Photo: Lewiston Tribune Photo: Lewiston Tribune

LEWISTON, Idaho. - According to a preliminary investigation conducted by the FBI,  a high-speed chase by an Idaho State Police officer ended with a shooting near Lewiston that left one man dead and another critically wounded.

The chase started around 5:30 p.m. Monday with an attempted traffic stop and ended when the two men, identified as Randall Ellenwood and Ricardo Rodriguez, got out of the vehicle and confronted the officer at a residence near the town of Culdesac, east of Lewiston.

According to the Nez Perce Tribe of Indians web site the town of Culdesac is on the Nez Perce Reservation.

Ellenwood was killed in the shooting and Rodriguez was reportedly in critical condition at a Lewiston area hospital.

An FBI spokesman in Salt Lake City, Juan Becerra, says the men who were shot by the officer Monday are believed to be members of the Nez Perce Tribe. The FBI has jurisdiction because the chase reportedly began on tribal land.

The FBI finished processing the scene of the shooting Tuesday morning, however agents will remain in the area to conduct further investigation.

ISP will conduct their own investigation into the circumstances of the shooting.

When reached for comment early Tuesday morning the Idaho State Police said they did not believe any sort of high-speed pursuit took place however they were no longer the lead agency investigating the incident. They referred KHQ to the FBI Salt Lake City field office.

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