Something for the therapists
COEUR d'ALENE -- Six Coeur d'Alene High School students received counseling Monday after they unwittingly shot a suicide victim late Friday night.
Here's what police say happened:
The six students, whose names and ages were not released late Monday, went to the dark basement of an unfinished house in Hayden.
Using BB guns, they shot at a dark object hanging from the rafters. One of the students eventually produced a flashlight and the students saw that they had been shooting a man's body.
Terrified, the students called police on a cell phone. While they were screaming into the phone and running out of the house, a machete-wielding man came at them. He was, police said, the owner of the house and had been recently victimized by thieves.
"They shot not realizing it was a guy," said Kootenai County Sheriff Capt. Ben Wolfinger. "The man immediately put the machete down when police arrived. A lot of guys in the office said it was like a B-movie."
The students were attending a nearby party and decided to go into the unfinished house around 11 p.m.
Police said the BB guns didn't damage the body of the man who committed suicide.
Coeur d'Alene High School Principal Randy Russell declined to comment, referring questions to district spokeswoman Janet Feiler. Feiler couldn't be reached for comment Monday evening.