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Sandpoint Officers cleared in deadly shooting

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Sandpoint Police released bodycam video of an Officer Involved shooting in March that left two Sandpoint Police Officers with serious injuries, and one man dead.

It started on the night of March 5, 2018 when Sandpoint Police responded to a call for assistance at the home of William Crawford. Crawford said his grandson, Brandon Kuhlman was acting strangely.

When officers arrived, Crawford answered the door and spoke with Officers Michael Hutter and Eric Clark. Crawford was wearing a belt holster with a handgun, which was removed by Officer Clark to assure the safety of everyone involved.

As officers spoke peacefully with Crawford, Kuhlman suddenly opened fire at them from another room, using another gun that belonged to his grandfather. The officers quickly moved away from the doorway, and Kuhlman followed them outside, firing more shots. The officers then returned fire, hitting Kuhlman several times. Kuhlman ran back into the home and was later found dead from gunshot wounds.

Officer Hutter, a 30-year law enforcement veteran who came out of retirement in 2016, was shot in the leg and chest. He was released from Bonner County Hospital hours after the shooting.

Officer Clark, 27, was taken to Kootenai Health in Coeur d’Alene after being shot in the hand and neck. He underwent two surgeries and was released a day after the shooting.

Crawford's family says he suffered a heart attack, while being caught in the middle of the shootout, but was not hit, and has since recovered.

The Coeur d'Alene Prosecuting Attorney investigated the case and concluded that the officers were justified in their use of force and will not be facing any charges. In a statement, Prosecuting Attorney Barry McHugh wrote that "Officers Hutter and Clark faced a very dangerous situation, with a man who had fired on them without provocation. They responded appropriately to protect themselves and Mr. Crawford, and end the potentially deadly confrontation."

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