Suspect injured in early morning shooting
Police are investigating a shooting involving three Ada County Sheriff's deputies and a Boise Police officer. The incident happened early Saturday morning in south Ada County. The suspect, a 41-year-old Kuna man, was injured but is expected to survive. Officers were not hurt.
The Critical Incident Task Force investigation is in its earliest stages.
Ada County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Andrea Dearden said the incident began about 12:20 a.m. Saturday when dispatchers received a report of an armed man at a home in the 13000 block Madera Place in Kuna. “The suspect had reportedly pointed a gun at an adult male relative and threatened him. The suspect then fled the area in a Nissan pick-up truck,” she stated.
Deputies began searching the area for the vehicle. “About 2:30 a.m., the suspect called dispatchers and made threatening statements that indicated he may be planning to harm himself and others,” Dearden said.
Just before 3 a.m., deputies spotted the suspect's pick-up truck parked near the I intersection of Cloverdale and Poen Roads. Deputies say the man got out of the vehicle and pointed a gun at himself. He then got back into the truck and started driving south on Cloverdale.
Three Ada County Sheriff's deputies and a Boise Police officer began following the truck.
Meridian Police also responded to the scene. A Meridian Police officer deployed a spike strip which eventually brought the truck to a stop on Cloverdale Road, near Barker Road. “That's where the suspect got out of his vehicle and immediately pointed his gun at officers,” Dearden said.
All four officers on the scene -- three Sheriff's deputies and a Boise Police officer -- fired their weapons. The number of shots fired remains under investigation.
The suspect, whose name is not being released until charges are filed, was transported to St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center for treatment. “Medical staff tells us the man's injuries do not appear to be life-threatening. He is expected to survive,” Dearden added.
“Per agency policies, the officers involved in the incident have been placed on administrative leave with pay, pending the outcome of the investigation. The three Ada County Sheriff’s Office deputies involved are all patrol officers with more than fifty years of combined experience,” she added.
Because officers fired their weapons while interacting with the suspect, this incident is under investigation by the Ada County Critical Incident Task Force which includes members from Meridian, Garden City and Boise Police, Idaho State Police and the Ada County Sheriff's Office.
Detectives with the Meridian Police Department are leading the multi-agency inquiry. The CITF is responsible for investigating the criminal aspects of the incident to determine if the actions of the involved officers were appropriate.