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Victim’s name released in Preston officer-involved shooting

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PRESTON, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK)-

Update/Nov. 21, 1:43 p.m. - Pocatello police say Raul Antonio Menjivar Saabedra died outside the Stokes Grocery in Preston Tuesday night.

We are told officers first tried to subdue him with a taser after a "lengthy standoff," when Menjivar Saabedra pulled a knife. When the taser failed to bring him down, officers with the Preston Police Department and Franklin County Sheriff’s Office shot him. It's not known how many shots were fired or how many officers were involved. An autopsy is scheduled in Boise for Thursday. There's no word on when results may be released.

Police say 50-year-old Menjivar Saabedra worked at a dairy in Grace, but don't know if he had family in the area.

Update: 1:55 p.m.-Stokes Grocery store employees told Local News 8 and KIDK Eyewitness News 3 Reporter Brady Halblieb a man came into the store and began acting strangely. He acted strangely enough that staff called police to check him out.

According to witnesses, police came in the store and led the man outside where the shooting took place. Witnesses did not see what happened outside the store.

Investigators were on the scene Wednesday, but the store was open as usual.

Update/10:58 a.m.

Pocatello Police say one man was killed in an officer involved shooting in Preston Tuesday night.

Officers were called to Stokes Grocery Store at 217 South State at around 8:30 p.m. It is not known why police were called, but the incident ended with the shooting.

The male victim was not identified.

Police have confirmed that the man was carrying a knife.

Additional information has not yet been released.


Original Story:

Pocatello Police are leading an Eastern Idaho Critical Incident Team investigation into an officer-involved shooting incident.

It happened at around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at 217 South State in Preston. Both Preston Police and the Franklin County Sheriff's Office responded to the original incident.

Authorities have released no further information about those involved or their current medical condition.

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Brady Halbleib

Brady Halbleib

Brady is a reporter for Local News 8 and KIDK Eyewitness News 3.

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