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Jury finds Northern Idaho man guilty of shooting two people at Post Falls cafe


A jury on Friday found a 32-year-old man from Priest River, Idaho guilty of multiple crimes related to the December shooting of two men at a Post Falls cafe.

Post Falls police received multiple 911 calls shortly after 1:30 p.m. Dec. 1 reporting a shooter, later identified as Tisen W. Sterkel, in the parking lot of a gas station at the State Highway intersection 41 and Poleline Avenue, according to the court. documents. The parking lot includes the Kokopelli cafe.

Sterkel shot Jacob Sheppard in the neck and Jason Griffin in the right leg. Both men were taken to Kootenai Health in Coeur d’Alene.

Sheppard was in stable condition at the time, according to a Facebook post from the cafe. Griffin was treated and released, the hospital said.

Witnesses told police that Sterkel fled the scene in a gold Ford F-150.

Gas station surveillance cameras showed Sterkel shooting Sheppard at least twice before returning to his truck and firing two more bullets, one that hit a witness’s tire and one that hit Griffin, according to documents.

Sterkel then escaped police in a stolen vehicle before a SWAT team pinned down the truck Sterkel was driving and arrested it.

Sterkel said he hoped the people he shot were okay, according to deputies.

After a five-day trial this week, Sterkel was found guilty of two counts of aggravated assault with the use of a deadly weapon enhancement, aggravated assault with the use of an enhanced deadly weapon, two counts of possession of a stolen vehicle and operating a vehicle without the owner’s consent. He was found not guilty of burglary, according to a press release from the Kootenai County District Attorney’s Office.

Prior to trial, Sterkel pleaded guilty to escape, possession of methamphetamine, unlawful entry and attempted unlawful entry, according to the statement. He is expected to be sentenced on September 16.