A Clearwater Valley man sought in connection with a 2011 shooting in Kamiah has been arrested.
According to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, 41-year-old Steven Francis is in custody at the Williams County Sheriff’s Department in North Dakota.
He was arrested Monday by the City of Tioga Police Department. An arrest warrant was issued in August 2011 by Lewis County Magistrate Stephen Calhoun. Francis is now awaiting extradition back to Idaho.
Francis was allegedly involved in a shooting that occurred at the Kamiah home of Bradford Duncan on July 31, 2011. According to court records, five men went into Duncan’s home carrying weapons and looking for Francis.
Francis later allegedly told investigators he had stolen some money from one of the men while he and that man were out of town buying drugs and the man was angry at him. Shots were allegedly fired by Francis in the ensuing altercation at Duncan’s home, including one round that wounded one of the men.
Three people were treated at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center for gunshot wounds following the incident, but there were no fatalities.
Francis has been charged with three counts of attempted second-degree murder in connection with the incident. He fled the area shortly after it happened and has been missing since.
Two other men involved in the incident, Doran Eslinger and Harold Smart, were charged with aggravated assault, attempted robbery and use of a firearm in the commission of a crime. Charges against the men were dismissed in January.
Lewis County prosecutors said the charges were dismissed without prejudice, meaning they could be refiled at a later date though no charges have since been refiled.