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Suspect still on the loose in north Idaho after early morning pursuit

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COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -

The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office is looking for a suspect they say rammed an Idaho State Police cruiser during a high-speed pursuit Tuesday morning. 

Deputies say just before 7:00 a.m., a Trooper tried to pull over a stolen 2004 Kia Rio on I-90, but the suspect refused to stop and a pursuit ensued. The suspect drove south on Highway 95 and at one point intentionally rammed a Trooper's car. Investigators say there were reports of at least one gunshot being fired during the pursuit, but they say they are still trying to determine if the Trooper, the suspect, or both fired a shot. 

Deputies say the suspect eventually abandoned the stolen car on Cougar Gulch Road and fled into the forest. An extensive search that included the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office, Idaho State Police, Coeur d'Alene Police, and the Spokane County Sheriff's Office was launched, but the suspect was not located. 

Cougar Gulch Road and Meadowbrook Loop are restricted to local residents during the search which has lasted more than six hours. Searchers have been unsuccessful in locating the suspect. He was described as a male, possibly in his 30’s, wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt. If anyone has information regarding this incident, they are asked to contact the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office at (208)446-1300. Law enforcement will remain in the area throughout the day and evening.

At this time there is no suspect description available, but residents in the area of Cougar Gulch as well as travelers in the area are cautioned to be on the lookout. If anyone sees a suspicious person, please report it.

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