Idaho Cop Shot by Man Who Stole Patrol Car Dies

Suspect was arrested after 125mph chase
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 6, 2015 12:03 AM CDT
This Tuesday, May 5, 2015, photo provided by the Kootenai County Sheriff shows suspect Jonathan Renfro.   (Kootenai County Sheriff via AP)
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(Newser) – A northern Idaho police officer shot by a man who stole his patrol car has died of his injuries, police say. Sgt. Greg Moore died at 5:50pm yesterday at Kootenai Health in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, a police spokeswoman said in a statement. Moore was shot about 1:30am that morning after checking on a suspicious person in a neighborhood, police say. A 26-year-old man was arrested after a car chase that reached speeds of 125mph. Jonathan Renfro appeared in court yesterday 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. Bail was set at $2 million.

"From the information I've received so far, it doesn't look like an ambush-style attack," Coeur d'Alene's police chief says. "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." After Moore was shot, an officer from nearby Post Falls, Idaho, who was listening to radio traffic about the shooting, saw a Coeur d'Alene police car race by at about 90mph, so he gave chase, police say. The officer found the patrol car abandoned, and a police dog found Renfro about two hours later hiding under a tractor-trailer, wedged off the ground between the axle area and the truck, police say.

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