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Vehicle Pursuit Leads to Officer Involved Shooting in Idaho County

Idaho County – On Saturday, March 18, 2023, Idaho County Deputies were involved in an officer involved shooting during a pursuit.

An Idaho County Deputy attempted to stop a grey pickup going 76 miles per hour in a posted 55 mile per hour zone on Highway 162 near milepost 11. As the deputy attempted to catch up to the vehicle, it continued at the same high rate of speed, and was observed to be driving in the wrong lane. The deputy activated his overhead lights and initiated a traffic stop. The vehicle slowed down but did not stop until just before the stop sign at the intersection of Old Highway 7 and Highway 162.

As the deputy was attempting to contact the suspect, the suspect vehicle took off, continuing northbound on  Meadow Creek Road. The suspect vehicle stopped, turned around, causing the deputy to turn around. This circle continued several times, with the deputy getting out of and back into his vehicle, attempting to get the driver to stop. The suspect’s pickup rammed the deputy’s patrol vehicle several times, pushing it off the roadway and rendering it inoperable. At this time, three other deputies in three separate patrol vehicles had arrived.

The second deputy was parking his patrol vehicle in front of the suspect vehicle, attempting to block the suspect’s vehicle in, when the suspect vehicle took off driving, ramming the second patrol vehicle. The second deputy was able to pull out into a field, turn around and continue after the suspect vehicle. At this time, the third and fourth deputies were behind and pursuing the suspect vehicle.

At a residence on Meadow Creek Road, the suspect vehicle rammed into a flatbed pickup, backed up, and rammed into it a second time. The suspect vehicle then rammed into the corner of the house near the garage, backed up and rammed it a second time. The second deputy arrived and parked his patrol vehicle and went to the house to check on the residents of the home.

The third and fourth deputies had stopped and exited their patrol vehicles, attempting to get the driver to stop and exit his vehicle, when the driver accelerated and rammed the fourth deputy’s patrol vehicle, spinning it 180 degrees. At this time, a deputy fired a single shot at the vehicle.

The suspect continued driving, again ramming the second deputy’s parked patrol vehicle head on, which rendered the suspect’s vehicle disabled.

Several other deputies arrived on scene, including assistance from the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The suspect was taken into custody.

Justin Brannan, age 39, of Grangeville, Idaho, was arrested for felony eluding, felony malicious injury to property for striking three patrol vehicles and the residence on Meadow Creek Road, felony aggravated battery on a law enforcement officers, misdemeanor resisting and obstructing, and misdemeanor driving under the influence of alcohol.

Sheriff Doug Ulmer believes in transparency and has shared as many details as he can with the public as to not interfere with the Idaho State Police’s investigation into this incident.

No further comment will be made at this time