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Bonner County Sheriff seeking suspect in Oldtown homicide

October 13, 2021

UPDATE: 8:15 a.m. Thursday, October 14 -- Eric Benzo has been located and is in custody however anybody with information about the shooting is encouraged to call dispatch (208) 265-5525.

Eric Benzo
The Bonner County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 500 block of Silver Birch Lane in Oldtown, at about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday to investigate the report of a shooting. Deputies and Bonner County EMS arrived on scene and found an adult male suffering from gunshot wounds. They began life-saving efforts. The victim, Donald Bush, succumbed to his injuries.

No one else at the location was injured during the shooting.

Both the suspect and victim had been in a relationship with the woman who reported the crime, Rebecca Ahlers, 41. This appeared to be an isolated incident. Ahlers positively identified Eric Benzo as the shooter.

Bonner County Sheriff's Office Detectives responded. They are actively investigating and seeking the location of Eric Benzo. He is described as 46 years old, 6’4” tall, with brown hair and blue eyes.

A first-degree murder warrant for the arrest of Eric Loren Benzo was issued Tuesday. Benzo is reportedly driving a dark-colored or bronze Dodge truck and is known to be armed and dangerous. If located, call 911 or your local law enforcement agency.

If you have any additional information, please contact Bonner County Dispatch at (208) 265-5525.

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Mike Weland, Publisher  

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P.O. Box 1625
Bonners Ferry, ID 83805
(208) 295-1016

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