Man on the loose after allegedly shooting at trooper, kidnapping

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) An arrest warrant has been issued for a man suspected of firing at an Idaho State Police trooper during a chase early Saturday and later kidnapping a Rathdrum woman who was dropped off unharmed in eastern Montana, officials in northern Idaho said Monday.

The Kootenai County Sheriff's Department obtained a $1 million warrant for the arrest of Mitchell Lee Walck, 57, on a kidnapping charge. The FBI said a reward of up to $20,000 is being offered for his arrest and conviction.

Court records say a woman called 911 Sunday to report that her sister-in-law said she had been kidnapped at gunpoint by a man who had apparently been hiding in her house after a police chase in which an Idaho State Police trooper was fired upon. The woman's house was within a mile of the end of the chase. Lt. Stu Miller said Walck was driving a vehicle that was reported stolen in Idaho Falls.

Walck allegedly forced the woman at gunpoint into her vehicle some time on Saturday. They drove to Glendive, Mont., where investigators say the 62-year-old woman was released unharmed on Sunday evening.

Walck was last seen driving the woman's 2005 silver Subaru Forester with Idaho license plate K230050. The woman said Walck took two guns from her house a 30-30 Winchester rifle and a Mossberg .22-caliber rifle.

Law enforcement officers believe Walck has a handgun along with the two rifles and say he should be considered armed and dangerous.

Walck is described as being 5 feet, 11 inches tall and 175 pounds with gray hair, brown eyes and a thin build. Miller said there were indications at the woman's house that Walck shaved his facial hair and the investigation revealed he may have dyed his hair black.

Kootenai County detectives were traveling to Montana to meet with the victim, who did not know Walck.

Montana Department of Corrections records indicate Walck was imprisoned in Montana from May 2002 through October 2011 after being convicted of a November 2001 assault on a peace officer in Powell County.


Information from: Coeur d'Alene Press