PRESTON, IDAHO — Police officers have confirmed that a man died after being shot by law enforcement outside Stokes Marketplace. The officer-involved shooting occurred Tuesday night in the parking lot of the Preston grocery store.
Pocatello Police Lt. Eric Anderson said law enforcement from both the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and Preston City Police Department were called to a suspicious male person at the store around 8:30 p.m.
“Once officers made contact with him outside it was a fairly lengthy standoff,” explained Anderson.
According to bystanders, as deputies and officers were trying to negotiate with suspect, the man brandished a knife. Officers shot him with a Taser. When the Taser didn’t stop him, police reportedly fired, killing him.
Detectives have identified the man but have not been able to contact his family. They are expecting to be able to release his name Thursday.
Anderson explained that detectives with the Pocatello Police Department are leading the investigation as part of the Eastern Idaho Critical Incident Team. They were called to the shooting late Tuesday night, and then spent Wednesday interviewing those involved and witnesses.
“Our officers along with others in this task force are going to start a criminal investigation, to look into the whole matter from start to finish of what happened.”
The deputies and officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave. Both the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and Preston City Police Department are not commenting on the shooting because their personnel were involved.