MULLAN, Idaho – Officials have released the name of a Whitefish man who was shot and killed during a struggle over a gun with an Idaho sheriff’s deputy.

Alexander L. Mandarino, 26, died shortly after being shot along Interstate 90, about 2 miles west of the Idaho-Montana state line, the Kootenai County sheriff’s office said in a news release Thursday.

A Shoshone County deputy responded shortly before noon Wednesday for a welfare check on the driver, whose car was parked in a turnout area near Lookout Pass. An Idaho State Police trooper arrived to assist.

The deputy discovered the man had a gun, and as the two struggled over the weapon, the trooper shot the driver. Neither the deputy nor the trooper was hurt.

Both law enforcement officers were placed on administrative leave while the shooting is investigated.

Mandarino was taken to Shoshone Medical Center in Kellogg, where he was later pronounced dead.

Kootenai County officials said an autopsy was performed Thursday, but the results weren’t released. Toxicology tests could take up to two months, officials said.

The Kootenai County sheriff’s office is asking anyone who may have witnessed the altercation to call the sheriff’s office at 208-446-1300.

(17) comments

TrueAmerican
TrueAmerican

BR84, thanks for providing some insight, but what do you expect when news reporters are in such a hurry to be the first to report news that we are constantly inundated with these cryptic "Breaking News" stories that contain so very little actual information that they open the story to speculation? Overzealous and unethical journalism is to blame not only for wildly inaccurate gossip, but also tragedies that affect individuals, families, communities and the nation as a whole. Journalists should keep their "Breaking News" to themselves until they can get some real facts to report or else go to work for the National Enquirer.

Tracker
Tracker

Oh brother. There was nothing hasty or irresponsible about this news story, which appeared five or six hours after the incident. Would you rather the news keep a fatal law-enforcement shooting to themselves? I wouldn't. Would you rather they wait days, weeks, months until an investigation is complete? I can just imagine the howls about a cover-up that would appear here if that happened. Nothing about this report was unethical or sensational in the least.

TrueAmerican
TrueAmerican

My first impression of you, Tracker (due to the defensiveness of your post) was that you are a journalist yourself, but that could not be possible since you spelled every word in your comment correctly and used passable grammar.

BR84
BR84

I honestly wish that the people who troll the comments of the Missoulian would not just assume what they want to make their views known. I understand that it is nice to sit at your computer and make up whatever you want, but I know the person in this story who was shot. He was mentally ill and it wasn't his first attempt to end his own life. Unfortunately he succeeded this time. I would appreciate that the conspiracy theories of the police trying to exert their power on citizens be put to rest. Unless you know the person, keep your ridiculous comments to yourself. Thank you.

max_raa
max_raa

Alexander Mandarino didn't end his own life- a cop did. Did you even read the story before writing a bunch of anti-freedom of speech nonsense?

loveymama
loveymama

Whoa. You all watch a little too much CSI, eh? From the looks of all these comments it would seem the entire sheriffs office and highway patrol office should be overturned and replaced with you geniuses.

snickers
snickers

agreed! The guy was waving his gun in front of the officiers, what the heck did he, or any of you think would happen. One of these days you will realize your pathetic little weapon does NOT impress those of us who have a functioning brain. He was doing something suspicious, could have been any number of things. Glad he wasn't racing down the road when he had his meltdown. Are we going to hear how he came by this gun?

johnny Dollar
johnny Dollar

maybe too much reality for you........tune in mama........we saw a unarmed woman shot by local police just three months ago! Here we see a sheriff's deputy far, far from the reservation........he would not have been all the way up to the border if he was not following the dead man.

And we all know.......dead men tell no tales.

max_raa
max_raa

Welfare check... what a joke. According to the story, the cop had no reason to stop in the first place. He was just fishing for a citation and got an even better result- an excuse for the cops to use their guns on someone. In the Land of the Free you can't even pull over on the side of the road without the fear that a cop is going to try to mess with you, because everyone is a suspect in the eyes of the law.

onceupon
onceupon

My take is that he went up there to commit suicide. Of course I do not know the whole story, but this was my first thought when I first heard the story.

johnny Dollar
johnny Dollar

I thought about that too......but a suicide type would just brandish a gun and try to get the cops to shoot him. this article says that they were fighting over the gun.

onceupon
onceupon

Again, My take, (since we do not get details) Man leaves home to commit su---de, pulls over to think about it, someone sees him and calls police to do welfare check, police come, see gun, try to talk man down, he goes for gun,,,,oh my I have an imagination! I do in fact have tons of respect for the law and feels for the officer that has to live with the death of this sick young man! We have incredible law enforcement group here in Montana and if you are so against it...please move away and collect your welfare elsewhere!!!

Liberty or Death
Liberty or Death

It is becoming more and more dangerous for the average citizen to come in contact with the ruling class! Everything is now done in the name of officer safety. What happened to the days when cops were true Peace Officers? Why did this situation become tragic? Why did this cop pull up to a man, who from this story, was doing nothing more than taking a nap in a pullout area? A little more information would be helpful for us mundanes to understand why a 26 year old man is dead and two cops are on paid vacation!

walter12
walter12

I agree, this story is very sketchy and is missing some very important parts, probably on purpose. The way it is told, it makes no sense. There is a huge element of this story that is missing.

johnny Dollar
johnny Dollar

Why was a deputy doing way up in the the mountains near the border? Why did he call a trooper to assist.........this was supposed to be a "Welfare check"!!???? Why is the Whitefish man dead? Yep......I will tell you why.

Half of the story is not here in print. Clearly the deputy was following the man for some reason......and he also had cause to suspect the whitefish man was dangerous, hence, he called for back-up.

Why did the montana man pull a gun on the officers? Who's gun was it.....the officer's, or the man's? If it was the officer's gun, this makes alot more sense.........you have to kill a guy if he goes for the officer's gun.

sofaking tired of the GOP
sofaking tired of the GOP

Good shootin' officer.

Run - A- Mook
Run - A- Mook

forgive sofaking tired of the GOP

for he doesn't know "what to heck he's talking about."

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