Newly-released police dashcam video raises questions about the deadly shooting of a drunk man at the hands of a Nez Perce Tribal Police Officer.
The shooting happened on the evening of November 12th, 2011. Jeffrey Flinn was driving drunk when he crashed his car. Two hunters stopped to help him and Flinn stole their truck. He then led three separate law enforcement agencies Idaho State Police, The Lewis County Sheriff's Office, and The Nez Perce Tribal Police on a chase.
Spike strips laid down by ISP eventually stopped the stolen car. Police dashcam video shows Flinn open the driver's side door, sit facing outward and fire one shot from a weapon at officers. Officers respond by firing more than two dozen shots at Flinn. Flinn then exits the vehicle unarmed and with his hands above his head and then, for reasons that remain unclear, officers fired several more shots, hitting Flinn, who died at the scene.
As officers run up to the downed man in the video and are seen moving a weapon that was near Flinn to a location away from him. It was later determined that bullets from Tribal Officer Robert Wall killed Flinn.