The Idaho State Police, in conjunction with the Latah County Prosecutor’s Office, have charged Sean L. Anderson, 52, Idaho County, with felony Aggravated Assault on a Peace Officer, with a firearms enhancement, following a pursuit that resulted in shots fired July 18 in Idaho County.
According to the Idaho State Police report, the charges stem from an incident that began with a traffic stop early in the morning on Saturday, July 18. A Lewis County Deputy stopped a driver on Highway 12 at approximately 2:47 a.m. The driver initially stopped for the Deputy but he then drove off which began a pursuit. Other local agencies, including a second Lewis County Deputy, an Idaho County Deputy and an Officer with the Nez Perce Tribal Police assisted in the pursuit.
The driver, later identified as Anderson, eventually stopped in a residential area outside of Ferdinand in Idaho County where Anderson is accused of using a shot gun and firing it in the direction of a Lewis County Deputy after which the officers returned fire. None of the officers were injured.
The suspect, Anderson was hospitalized for injuries sustained when the officers returned fire. He was medically released from a Spokane hospital Thursday, July 23. Upon release, Officers with the Spokane Police Department arrested Anderson on the above charge. He was taken into custody and is now housed in the Spokane County Jail pending extradition to Idaho.
At the time of the incident, the involved agencies invoked Critical Incident Task Force protocols which activated a multi-agency investigation and involvement of an independent prosecutor to avoid potential conflicts of interest. Detectives with the Idaho State Police are leading the ongoing investigation with the assistance of Agents with the FBI and the Latah County Prosecutor’s Office.
Anyone with information regarding this event should contact Detectives with Idaho State Police District 2 in Lewiston.