A police officer from northern Idaho, who was shot by a man who stole his patrol car, succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday. Sgt. Greg Moore was a 16-year veteran of the Coeur d'Alene department.
Officials arrested Jonathan Renfro after a car chase that ended when a dog dragged him out of his hiding place below a commercial truck.
Renfro appeared in court on Tuesday afternoon and was charged with attempted murder, theft of a police vehicle, theft of an officer's gun and being a felon with a gun. The 26-year-old, who was on probation at the time of the incident, reportedly has a long criminal record. His bail has been set at $2 million.
"From the information I've received so far, it doesn't look like an ambush-style attack," Coeur d'Alene Police Chief Lee White said, according to the Associated Press (AP), adding: "This was just a bad guy doing bad guy stuff and our officers doing what they were trained to do — and that's trying to keep our communities safe."
Moore died at 5:50 p.m. at Kootenai Health in Coeur d'Alene, police spokeswoman Sgt. Christie Wood said in a statement, the AP reported. He was married with two children.
At the time of the incident, Moore had reportedly called dispatch to get information on Renfro. However, soon after that a resident called the police and reported loud noise. The resident "had heard a noise that sounded like a gunshot and they shortly after said that there was a body lying in the street," White reportedly said.
After the shooting, an officer from nearby Post Falls, Idaho, who was listening about the incident on radio, reportedly saw a Coeur d'Alene police car speeding at about 90 miles per hour. He then followed the car near the Washington state line, with the speed of the cars increasing up to 125 miles per hour, the AP reported, citing Post Falls Police Chief Scott Haug. The officer reportedly found the car abandoned. Following this, a perimeter was set up with the help of Washington State Patrol and Kootenai County Sheriff's Office.
Renfro was found two hours later hiding under a tractor-trailer by the police dog.
"He was engaged by the dog when he would not comply and taken into custody," Haug reportedly said. The motive behind Moore's shooting is yet to be determined, and the case is being probed. Investigators are reportedly collecting evidence from several scenes, including dash cam footage from Moore’s car that was stolen by Renfro.
In the past few days, several similar incidents involving police officers have taken place. On Sunday, an off-duty police officer was shot and wounded in Chicago during an apparent robbery at his home. On Saturday, a New York City police officer was shot in the head in Queens, which led to a massive manhunt for the suspect, who was later arrested. The suspect had reportedly fired two shots at the officer in his car. After the incident, the officer was reportedly in a critical condition.
Another officer, who was responding to a domestic disturbance call in Cornelius, North Carolina, was shot in the stomach on Saturday.