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Dec 3, 2012 8:23 PM by MTN News

ID shooting, kidnap suspect wanted by FBI, may be in Montana

The FBI is currently assisting the Post Falls, Idaho, Police Department, and the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office in Idaho in the search for 57-year-old Mitchell Lee Walck, wanted for questioning after allegedly firing at an Idaho State Police trooper, fleeing the scene, and later kidnapping a woman.

Walck reportedly kidnapped a woman in Rathdrum, Idaho; the woman was later released in Glendive, Montana, unharmed.

Walck was last seen driving the victim's silver 2005 Subaru Forester, with Idaho license plate K230050.

In addition to the handgun he used to fire upon the ISP officer and kidnap the victim, he also stole two rifles from the victim's residence; one was a 30-30 Winchester rifle and the other was a Mossberg .22 caliber rifle.

Walck has reportedly changed his appearance, shaving all but his mustache and dying it and his hair black.

Walck is considered armed and dangerous.

The Post Falls Police Department reports that Walck sometimes uses the name Mark Mackenzie, and that he is a transient who is known to frequent churches in attempt to solicit assistance. Walck is 5'10" and approximately 175 pounds with graying black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information about Walck's location or the case is asked to contact law enforcement immediately and is cautioned not to approach Walck.


Press release from Kootenai County (Idaho) Sheriff's Office, December 2, 2012:

At about 5 PM on December 2, 2012, the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office received a call regarding a kidnapping.

The caller said her sister-in-law, a 62 year old female from Rathdrum, ID had just called her, saying she had been kidnapped by the suspect, Mitchell Lee Walck, in the earlier pursuit/shooting incident that occurred Saturday morning.

Reports indicate that Walck hid in the victim's residence following the incident on Saturday morning, and then later, he forced her at gunpoint into her vehicle.

The victim was let out of the car in Glendive, MT, unharmed.

At this time Walck's location is unknown.

He was last seen driving the victim's 2005 Subaru Forester, silver in color with an Idaho license plate K230050. In addition to the handgun he used to fire upon the ISP officer and kidnap the victim in this case, he also stole two rifles from the victim's residence; one was a 30-30 Winchester rifle and the other was a Mossberg .22 caliber rifle.

The KCSO has obtained a warrant for Walck's arrest with a bond amount of one million dollars for the charge of kidnapping.

Walck is considered armed and extremely dangerous. If he is located call 911, do not approach or attempt contact with him.

This incident is being investigated by the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office. The earlier pursuit and assault against the ISP officer is being investigated by the Post Falls Police Department through a cooperative agreement.

*Initial investigation revealed that Walck may have changed his appearance. He may have shaved his facial hair and dyed his hair black.


Press release from Kootenai County (Idaho) Sheriff's Office on November 30, 2012.

On November 30th, just before midnight, Kootenai County Sheriff deputies attempted to stop a pickup truck for a traffic violation on Highway 41, just south of Spirit Lake, ID. Several law enforcement agencies, including the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office, Spirit Lake Police, Idaho State Police and the Rathdrum Police had engaged in pursuit of the pickup truck over a 30 minute time frame, each time an agency called off the pursuit, the pickup truck was spotted by a different agency.

Ultimately, the Idaho State Police located the vehicle in Athol, ID and pursued it to the City of Rathdrum. The pickup left Hwy 53 onto Bingham Rd and stopped at the dead end street.

The driver fled on foot from the pickup and the ISP officer pursued. Seconds into the foot pursuit, the suspect fired a handgun at the ISP Officer and continued his flight into the wooded area.

Fortunately, the ISP Officer was not injured in the incident.

Law enforcement set a perimeter around the scene and utilized numerous resources, including Spokane County's Air 1 helicopter. After conducting an exhaustive search of the area lasting nearly twelve hours, law enforcement feels confident that the suspect was able to slip through the containment and remains at large.

The multi-agency critical incident investigation team along with the North Idaho Violent Crimes Task Force is continuing the investigation into the incident. They have taken the pickup as evidence and are beginning to process it for any clues as to the driver's identity and reason for
his unlawful flight.

As noted previously, the suspect is described as being 5-08 to 5-10, medium build, wearing a long-sleeved gray shirt, light blue jeans and possibly a blue ball cap. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office at 208-446-1300.

If the suspect is seen, please do not attempt to contact him as he is considered armed and extremely dangerous.

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