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Kootenai County man identified as shooting victim

by MANDI BATEMAN
| March 14, 2020 12:00 AM

BONNERS FERRY — The name of the victim of the March 12 shooting has been released and law enforcement expressed that they feel that the incident was “an intentional act.”

Bonners Ferry Police Department, assisted by the Boundary County Sheriff’s Office, responded to a call of shots-fired at 6811 Main Street, Bonners Ferry, at about 7:29 p.m. They arrived on scene to find a 45-year old Kootenai County man, Brian Drake, dead as a result of a gunshot wound.

According to a press release from the Bonners Ferry Police Department, an extensive investigation is underway and they are being assisted by the Boundary County Sheriff’s Office, Boundary County Prosecutor’s Office, Idaho State Police, The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI federal task force.

According to the press release, a person of interest was detained and questioned, but was released. That individual remains under investigation.

Bonners Ferry Police Chief Brian Zimmerman expressed in the press release that he felt it, “important to inform the residents of Bonners Ferry that, although this was a tragic loss of life, evidence thus far indicates this was an intentional act, not random in nature.”

The press release also included that, “the law enforcement community of Boundary County extends their deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.”

Bonners Ferry Police Department is requesting that if any person has any information which might assist in this investigation, they contact current on duty police officers at 208-267-3151.