No charges yet in July 4 shootings

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Facebook photo The profile picture for Reese Rambo uploaded July 25. Tyler Ramboís updated Facebook page.


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COEUR d'ALENE ó Law enforcement agencies investigating the Fourth of July shootings at Coeur d'Alene City Park have not filed charges in the case.

Coeur d'Alene Police Capt. Dave Hagar said Friday his agency and Idaho State Police hoped to interview Tyler Rambo, of Spokane. Police learned the 18-year-old had been released from the hospital.

Rambo was shot more than 10 times by police when he allegedly refused to drop a firearm after being accused of shooting at someone with a .357 revolver near Independence Point shortly after the fireworks show.

Rambo has used the name Reese Rambo on Facebook.

"I lost both of my legs Ö shot 14 times Ö [expletive] 12," his introduction states.

Hagar said police didn't want to interview Rambo in the hospital because he might be receiving pain medication.

"While he was in the hospital, there was no impetus to rush things without a thorough investigation," Hagar said.

Kootenai Health couldn't release information about Rambo on Friday, citing privacy rules. A patient has a right under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, known as HIPAA, to opt out of the hospital directory.

Hagar said there were two investigations into the Fourth shootings, which occurred within a short period of time.

The initial shots are being investigated by Coeur d'Alene. The subsequent officer-involved shootings are being investigated by the State Police.

"There's a coordination of efforts between the two, as both agencies need to interview the same person," Hagar said. "We are very close to being at the end of our investigation, but state police has more evidence to work on."

Coeur d'Alene police said they responded to a gunshot at Independence Point at 10:10 p.m. on July 4 and followed Rambo as he reportedly carried a handgun west toward the park's basketball courts. Officers repeatedly asked him to drop the firearm. They attempted to Taze the teenager when he pointed the gun and shot once at officers, police said.

Hagar declined to speculate on what charges might be filed.

"He may give information that we are not privy to, and it may change the outcome," Hagar said. "At the end of the day, we're just fact-finders who will present a package to the county attorney."

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