Ombudsman: Boise officer followed department policy in shooting
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- A community ombudsman found a Boise police officer followed the department's use-of-deadly force policy when he shot a man who refused repeated orders to put down a weapon.
Ombudsman Pierce Murphy's investigation of the May 31 shooting of Troy Epperley resulted in the same conclusion that Bannock County officials reached in August -- that Officer Matt Jacobs was justified in shooting Epperley.
Murphy's report indicates Epperley's estranged wife called 911 to report Epperley had been drinking, was suicidal and had access to guns. Epperley also called 911, but gave dispatchers the address of the house across the street.
Arriving officers unknowingly had their backs to Epperley. When they went to ask the resident of the house behind them to turn the yard light off, Epperley walked out of the garage carrying a pistol.