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Sandpoint City Police releases further details regarding shooting incident of this morning
March 5, 2018
Sandpoint City Police have identified the officers involved in this morning's shootings in the southwest part of the city, at Ridley Village Road. They have also identified the deceased suspected shooter.

According to Sandpoint Police, the officers responded to a request for service at a residence at 950 Ridley Village Road in the early hours of this morning. Within seconds of their arriving and making contact, the suspect began firing a weapon at the police officers. They immediately took cover, the suspect continued to fire. Both of the responding officers were hit by gunfire. One or both officers returned fire.

The wounded police officers are Michael Hutter, who was wounded in the leg. Officer Hutter was taken to Bonner General Hospital in Sandpoint, where he was treated and released later in the day. He is a 30 year law enforcement veteran, and had been employed in the past by the Sandpoint department from 1990 to 1997,. He later served as Chief of the police department in Ponderay, had retired from there in 2016, and had recently been rehired by the Sandpoint Police Department.

The second officer injured is Eric Clark, who was shot in the neck and left hand. Due to the severity of his injuries, he was taken to Kootenai Health in Coeur d'Alene, where he has since had two surgeries. Officer Clark was hired by Sandpoint Police in 2015.

The suspect is a Sandpoint resident, identified by police as Brandon Kuhlman, who was found dead at the scene of the incident.
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