Newport man arrested after Post Falls shooting, alleged crime spree

<p><p>A 31-year-old Newport, Washington, man is accused of shooting two people, stealing multiple vehicles and eluding law enforcement before he was arrested Wednesday in North Idaho.</p></p><p><p>Tisen Sterkel was taken into custody by the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office and booked into the Kootenai County Jail on more than 12 felony charges, including aggravated assault, possession of a stolen vehicle, aggravated battery, robbery, burglary and eluding. His bail is set at $2 million.</p></p><p><p>The Post Falls Police Department received numerous reports around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday of a shooting at Kokopelli Coffee on Idaho state Highway 41, according to a Post Falls police news release. The two victims of the shooting were taken to Kootenai Health in Coeur d’Alene and are reported to be in stable condition.</p></p><p><p>Shortly after the shooting, an armed carjacking was reported at Highway 53 and North McGuire Road. The alleged stolen white pickup and was seen driving westbound on the highway.</p></p><p><p>During the investigation, it was learned the vehicle was abandoned near a residence on Greensferry Road near Hayden Avenue, and the suspect allegedly had stolen another vehicle, which he drove to the carjacking location.</p></p><p><p>Several units tried to stop Sterkel, the sheriff’s office said, but he reportedly continued driving in a field between Pleasant View Road and McGuire Road, south of Highway 53. After a short pursuit, the vehicle was disabled and Sterkel was arrested, deputies said.</p></p><p><p>The sheriff’s office said Sterkel was allegedly involved in the shooting in Post Falls.</p></p><p><p>It said it no one else is believed to be involved in the crimes and there are no threats to the public. </p></p>