Tribal officer pleads not guilty in shooting probe

Lewiston, Idaho (AP) April 2012

A police officer for the Nez Perce Tribe in north-central Idaho has pleaded not guilty to charges that he lied during a probe into a fatal shooting.

A grand jury indicted Trevor M. Garret last month after prosecutors said he lied to FBI investigators. The federal agents were looking into the Nov. 12 shooting of Jeffrey A. Flinn by another tribal police officer.

The Lewiston Tribune (http://bit.ly/I1iQMY ) reports Garret entered his plea. The U.S. Attorney’s Office has declined to prosecute the officer who shot Flinn because of a lack of evidence.

According to federal court records, Flinn stole a pickup and led officers on a chase before he exited the vehicle. He reportedly stood with his hands up for at least three seconds before he was shot and killed.
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