Sergeant Greg Moore
Coeur d’Alene Police Department, Idaho
End of Watch: Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Tour of Duty: 16 years
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: May 5, 2015
Weapon Used: Handgun
Suspect Info: Not available
Agency Contact Information
Chief of Police Lee White
Coeur d’Alene Police Department
3818 N Schreiber Way
Coeur d’Alene, ID 83815
Phone: (208) 769-2320
Sergeant Greg Moore was shot and killed after stopping a suspicious male.
Sergeant Moore was patrolling in the area of Wilbur Avenue and Joanna Drive in response to a several car break-ins that had taken place in the area. At 1:30 am he stopped a suspicious male and radioed the man’s information in, but made no further radio contact. A citizen heard gunshots, found Sergeant Moore in the street, and called the police.
After the shooting the subject stole Sergeant Moore’s patrol car and fled the location. An officer spotted the stolen patrol car in the town of Post Falls, and initiated a pursuit. The suspect eventually fled on foot and was eventually found in a parking lot, hiding under a car, and taken into custody.
Sergeant Moore was taken to a local hospital where he died several hours later from his wounds.
Sergeant Moore had served with the Coeur d’Alene Police Department for 14 years. He is survived by his wife and two children.
Sgt. Moore served in law enforcement for 16-years. Neighbors said the married-father was very involved in the community. Sgt. Moore began his career as a deputy sheriff for Asotin County Washington in December of 1997. He stayed with the agency until March of 1999. He began his career with the Coeur d’Alene Police Department in April of 1999. Police department leaders said he quickly ascended to leadership positions as a Police Reserve Officer Coordinator, a Field Training Officer, a School Resource Officer and in 2012 he was promoted to Sergeant.
Sergeant Moore had skills and training certifications including as a Post Certified Instructor in Arrest Techniques, Instructor for Communications and he was a member of the Hostage Negotiation Team.
In 2007, he was Kootenai County Substance Abuse Council for his efforts in DUI enforcement. Officials said Moore was a mentor and trusted friend to his fellow officers at the Coeur d’Alene Police Department.
"Sgt. Moore exemplifies the courageous work that police officers everywhere engage in every day," said Coeur d’Alene Mayor Steve Widmyer on Tuesday. "His devotion to serving our city is deeply appreciated."
Both Wood and Miller were emotional Tuesday morning while talking. They described him as a well-known member of the community. A steady stream of people have been stopping by Kootenai Health to visit Sgt. Moore.
"I’ve worked with Sgt. Moore for the past 16 years," Lt. Miller said, "Fantastic supervisor, and yeah, he was doing his job."
Sgt. Moore also worked as a school resource officer at Lake City High School from 1999-2001. Many people who work at the school were deeply saddened by the news.
"Anytime you wake up and hear about an officer shooting, it’s hurtful, but it’s also distant. But this is right in our backyard," said Coeur d’Alene Schools Superintendent Matt Handelman.
Sgt. Moore’s wife is also part of the Coeur d’Alene schools. She is a teacher at Ramsey Elementary. Staff and colleagues district wide said they are doing everything they can think of to help his wife and two kids. Those who knew him said there is no one more important to him.
"Just the light of his life and extremely devoted to that family," said Lake City High School principal, Deanne Clifford.
Authorities said the shooting actually happened in Sgt. Moore’s own neighborhood. Sgt. Moore’s friends and loved ones have laid flowers at the scene where he was shot. Those who knew him both as an officer and a neighbor said they are praying for his recovery.
Christina Caan has lived in the same neighborhood as Sgt. Moore for years. When she heard about a shooting in her neighborhood, she was shocked it was a familiar face.
"He was just a really nice guy. Everybody at school liked him," said Caan. "It’s really scary when something like that happens in your neighborhood and to someone that you’ve known for a long time."
People living nearby had nothing but great things to say about Sgt. Moore whether they knew him well or just at a distance as their friendly neighborhood officer.
Sgt. Moore was shot Tuesday around 1:30 a.m. near Wilbur Avenue and Joanna Drive. White said Moore was patrolling the area due to a string of recent car burglaries.
Authorities said Sgt. Moore called into dispatch reporting that he had stopped a "suspicious person." Police said it was somewhere after that moment, Moore was shot by Jonathan Renfro, 26.
"At some point, he gave Mr. Renfro’s information to our dispatch center," said White.
Investigators will not say how Sgt. Moore first spotted Renfro. It is also not clear how he was shot. Authorities are not saying where Sgt. Moore was shot or if he was inside or outside his patrol car at the time.
Police said the call for help did not come from Sgt. Moore, but rather a resident who heard the shot and saw Moore’s body lying in the street.
White said the shooting was not an ambush.
"This does not look like an ambush attack," White said. "This is a bad guy doing bad things."
Police said Sgt. Moore’s actions speak to how proactive of an officer he is.
."He was out doing what policeman do. He was out doing routine random patrols also in an area that we have experienced some auto burglaries in. So he was doing what we do. It’s just incredibly tragic," said Coeur d’Alene Police Sergeant Christie Wood.
After shooting Sgt. Moore, Renfro then got in his patrol car and fled according to investigators. Investigators spotted the patrol car near Seltice Way and McGuire in Post Falls, Idaho. Officials said they have collected dash cam video from Sgt. Moore’s patrol car but it has not been processed as of Tuesday night.
An officer with the Post Falls Police Department started to follow the speeding patrol car. Investigators said Renfro got away briefly from the officer but seconds later the stolen police car was found near the Walmart at Stateline.
Deputies from Washington and Idaho created a perimeter around the store and a K9 from Kootenai County started tracking the suspect. Renfro was found hiding underneath the axle of a semi-truck near the Post Falls Walmart parking lot by K9 units shortly before 5:00 a.m.
"Was not very complaint, the dog subsequently contacted the individual," said Kootenai County Sheriff’s Public Information Officer, Stu Miller.
Police said Renfro was taken into custody about two hours after they responded to the scene of the shooting.
Tuesday morning, officers were working on two scenes near Pointe Parkway. The Beck Road overpass reopened around noon.
The Kootenai County Police and Fire Memorial Foundation has kindly contacted the Police Department and informed us of a charitable fund they have established on behalf of Sgt. Greg Moore and his family.
In the early morning hours on May 5th, 2015, Sergeant Greg Moore of the Coeur d’Alene Police Department was severely injured in an officer involved shooting in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Sergeant Moore is currently in critical condition at Kootenai Medical Center.
The Kootenai County Police & Fire Memorial Foundation has established a charitable fund to benefit Sergeant Greg Moore and his wife Lindy Moore.