One officer killed, two people found dead after shooting ambush - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

One officer killed, two people found dead after shooting ambush

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MOSCOW, Idaho - Sgt. Lee Newbill of the Moscow Police Department has died from injuries recieved in a late-night ambush-style shooting attack at a church in Moscow. The bodies of two other people were found inside the church which was surrounded by law enforcement, after several people were wounded in bursts of automatic gunfire from the building.

The incident occurred in Moscow, Idaho. About 75 shots were fired in the attack late last night, said David Duke, Moscow's assistant police chief. Duke says the attack was apparently an ambush, with the shooter firing into the nearby Latah County Courthouse to lure people into the line of fire.

Tactical officers went into the First Presbyterian Church after a standoff of more than five hours early this morning and found the bodies of two people inside. He says they believe one of those is the shooter.

Newbill was the first officer who arrived at the scene and had died by the time he arrived at a local hospital.

Latah County Sheriff's Deputy Brannon Jordon was wounded and was in serious condition with multiple gunshot wounds.

A civilian was also injured but his name has not been released. Duke says the civilian was undergoing surgery and in stable condition.

The semi-automatic rifle believed used to shoot the two officers and the civilian was found with one of the dead people, as was some ammunition and spent shells.

Police say they have not determined a motive for the attack. Duke says the shooter appears to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

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