“Update to Kelly A. Pease Homicide
March 10, 2017
Kootenai County, Idaho: On March 9, 2017 at approximately 4:00 pm, Deputies were dispatched to a suspicious call in the area of Hauser Lake Rd. and Kopf Rd., near Post Falls due to a possible sighting of the vehicle driven by Coeur dâ€™Alene homicide suspect Steven T. Denson.
Thanks to Kootenai County Sheriffâ€™s Deputy S. Larsenâ€™s attentiveness while driving west on Hwy 53 towards the call, he spotted Densonâ€™s vehicle traveling E/B on Hwy 53 in a line of many other cars several miles from its last reported location. While Deputy Larsen turned his vehicle around, he observed Densonâ€™s vehicle turn north on to N. Bruss Rd.
As Deputy Larsen approached the end of N. Bruss Rd., he saw Denson turn around in a driveway and proceed towards Deputy Larsenâ€™s vehicle. Denson stopped approximately 150â€™ away from Dep. Larsenâ€™s patrol vehicle. Dep. Larsen positioned his vehicle attempting to prevent Densonâ€™s escape, turned on his overhead lights, and exited his patrol unit waiting for other patrol units to arrive.
Within 30-60 seconds of exiting his vehicle, Dep. Larsen heard what he believed to be the muffled sound of a gunshot coming from the area of Densonâ€™s vehicle. Two more Kootenai County Sheriffâ€™s Deputies arrived on scene within 1-2 minutes to assist Dep. Larsen.
Due to the rain, headlights of Densonâ€™s vehicle, and low light conditions, deputies had difficulty seeing into Densonâ€™s vehicle. Using binoculars and better positioning, they were finally able to see into Densonâ€™s vehicle where it appeared Denson had shot himself. Deputies approached the vehicle to confirm and then immediately called for medical personnel; however Denson succumbed to his injuries.
An autopsy of Denson is scheduled for today and will be attended by Detectives from The Coeur dâ€™Alene Police Dept. and the Kootenai County Sheriffâ€™s Office as we work together with the continuing investigation. The Sheriffâ€™s Office would like to thank our community for all of your support during the investigation of this tragic incident.
Ben Wolfinger, Sheriff
By: Det. Dennis Stinebaugh”