The Idaho State Police have awarded medals for heroism to two states troopers.
Corporals Mike Lininger and Todd McDevitt each received the Silver Star on Jan. 13 for safely wrestling a knife away from a suicidal woman from North Idaho.
On June 3, 2016, the troopers approached a red Mustang parked in the middle of Interstate 90 near the Idaho-Montana border. The car’s only occupant, a woman, was pressing a large knife against her throat, according to The Coeur d’Alene Press.
During the 10-minute standoff recorded on a dash camera, Lininger talked to the woman, who had just tried to elude authorities in Montana and Idaho, through the passenger window. McDevitt, holding a window-breaking tool, was on the driver’s side. When the troopers exchanged a signal to take action, McDevitt broke the window. After a short struggle, they were able to take the blade away from the woman and arrest her.
Both troopers later learned that the woman had a pistol in her car. She also faced several drug charges.
“We didn’t know about the pistol until we got her out of the car,” Lininger told the Coeur d’Alene Press. “She didn’t reach for it, or this would have been another investigation.”
Both troopers sustained minor injuries. The woman was had a small cut on her throat.