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ISP Trooper: 'You Make Any Attempt To Go Towards That Pistol And It Will Be The Last Thing You Ever Do'

Just after 11:00 in the morning on June 12th, Shoshone County Deputy Adam Durflinger responded to a vehicle that was stopped on the east side of Interstate 90 near Lookout Pass.

Inside the orange Scion, Deputy Durflinger made contact with a sleeping man later identified as 26-year-old Alexander Mandarino from Whitefish, Montana.

As the deputy ran the plates on the car he was joined by Idaho State Police Trooper Todd McDevitt. For nearly half an hour, Mandarino spoke with law enforcement about where he was coming from and the car he was driving.

At 11:48am, Mandarino got back in his vehicle and reached for a pistol. What happened next was captured by dash cams in both vehicles on scene.

After ignoring repeated commands to drop the handgun he was holding, Mandarino was shot and wounded.

The Trooper and Deputy performed CPR and chest compressions on mMandarino for nearly 20 minutes. At 12:18pm, Mandarino was transported by ambulance to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

In the hours and days after the shooting, the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office along with the critical incident task force led the investigation. On October 22nd, four months after the incident, the Shoshone County Prosecuting Attorney ruled the shooting was justified, saying, "Mandarino posed an immediate and continuing danger to the officers on scene... the use of deadly force by the trooper in response to Mandarino's actions in this case is justified."

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