SANDPOINT — A Sandpoint Police officer who was shot in the neck in the line of duty early Monday morning was returned to Sandpoint Tuesday amid a caravan of law enforcement vehicles.
Officer Eric Clark was discharged from Kootenai Health in Coeur d’Alene following two surgeries. A phalanx of vehicles from Sandpoint Police, Ponderay Police, Idaho State Police, the Bonner County Sheriff’s Office and Selkirk Fire Rescue & EMS escorted his return to Sandpoint.
Clark was wounded when a Sandpoint man allegedly opened fire on him and officer Mike Hutter when they responded to his residence on Ridley Village Road for an unspecified call for service. Officer Mike Hutter was shot in the leg and chest during the incident and was released from Bonner General Health on Monday.
City officials contend officers were fired upon by Brandon Theodore Kuhlman without provocation, prompting officers to return fire. Kuhlman, 28, was found dead following the confrontation, although the exact circumstances surrounding his death have not been released by authorities. An autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday.
No new information about the incident was released by the city or the North Idaho Critical Incident Task Force, a consortium of law enforcement agencies in the Panhandle which investigates officer-involved shootings from other jurisdictions in order to sidestep the appearance of a conflict of interest.