Investigators say fatal police shooting was justified
Officials with an investigatory taskforce say a police officer was justified when he shot a Boise man who was reportedly suicidal and holding a weapon.
The Boise police officers were responding to a report of a suicidal man on May 31 when they found 37-year-old Troy Epperley standing in his driveway with a handgun.
A statement released by the Ada County Critical Incident Taskforce on Wednesday states that the officers told Epperley to stop and drop his weapon, and when he refused to obey, one officer shot him in the abdomen. Epperley died of his injuries at a local hospital.
The taskforce found that Epperley had previously texted his estranged wife that he intended to commit suicide by cop, that the officer acted appropriately and that the shooting was justifiable.