Sheriff: DiMaggio fired first shot; had been to Idaho before

Idaho StatesmanAugust 12, 2013 

— James DiMaggio fired at least one shot at FBI agents descending on his campsite in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness before an FBI agent shot him dead Saturday evening, San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore said today at a press conference in San Diego.

Gore also revealed for the first time that last week was not the first time DiMaggio had spent time in Idaho.

"He was familiar with the country in Idaho and had been there before," Gore said.

He did not provide any details of DiMaggio's earlier travels to the state. Law enforcement officials in Idaho said last week they had no information on whether he had visited the state previously or not.

Gore said that Hannah did not know her mother Christina and brother Ethan, 8, had been killed in DiMaggio's east San Diego County home until after DiMaggio had been killed. An FBI agent who interviewed her in Idaho after the shootout, let her know.

The sheriff refuted suggestions that Hannah had gone willingly with DiMaggio, an old family friend.

"I can't say this clearly enough: She was a victim in this case. She was not a willing participant," Gore said.

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