A northern Idaho police officer was shot and killed Tuesday evening by a man who stole his patrol car.
Sgt. Greg Moore, 43, was rushed to Kootenai Medical Center shortly after the event occurred where he was pronounced dead at 5:50 in the evening, police spokeswoman Sgt. Christie Wood said in a statement (Huffington Post).
Sgt. Moore was out on patrol doing nightly checks of neighborhoods that had high car burglary activity. At 1:30 in the morning he was shot after checking on a suspicious person in one of the neighborhoods, Coeur d’Alene Police Chief Lee White said (NBC News).
A neighbor nearby heard the gun shots and called police after seeing the man stand over the body lying on the ground.
Police arrested Jonathan Renfro, 26, after a high-speed car chase that reached 125 mph. A police dog found Renfro underneath a tractor close to a nearby Walmart. He admitted in court that he pulled the trigger to investigators. “Renfro allegedly said he shot Moore because he had a gun in his pocket and knew Moore would find it. He admitted to shooting Moore with a 9mm Glock pistol he had in his coat pocket according to court records” (Krem).
Renfro was charged for attempted murder in the first degree, theft of a police vehicle, theft of an officer’s gun as well as being a felon with a gun. His bail was set at $2 million. He is now being held in the Kootenai County jail in Idaho.
There was a candle light vigil held for 16-year veteran of the city police department which a large crowd turned out for.
“”Our community has been wounded,” said Coeur d’Alene Mayor Steve Widmyer. “We have lost a great man.” (NBC News).