2 officers shot, hospitalized in Boise; Shooting suspect dead

Posted at 10:27 PM, Nov 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-12 23:47:55-05

UPDATE: Saturday, November 12, at 12:30 p.m.

One of the officers is a 17-year veteran of the Boise Police Department.  He was shot multiple times and remains in critical condition at Saint Alphonsus.

The other officer, Chris Davis, is a 16-year veteran of the Boise Police Department.  He was shot one time and was able to be released from the hospital this morning. 

Both officers are members of the Special Operations Unit (SOU).

The K9 officer, Jardo, has had a surgery, he lost a lung but is expected to be released to his handler this evening.

On Friday around 12:45 p.m. a person called and reported seeing the vehicle and the suspect involved in a Meridian carjacking and shooting. A second report came in shortly after and officers began searching for the vehicle in the area north of Orchard and Overland. 

Officers spotted the vehicle but lost it as it drove erratically north on Orchard near Franklin. People were able to keep pointing officers in the right direction as police searched for the vehicle.  Two officers soon saw the suspect walking down the street and the suspect took off running through a nearby neighborhood. 

Police immediately set up a secure perimeter in the area of Irving near Roosevelt and Wilson. The SOU was activated at that time because of the belief that the suspect could be armed. 

Once the SOU arrived, they along with a police K-9 began a slow search through the nearby homes and yards. 

Around 3:30 officers encountered the suspect, who was hiding, and shots were fired.  Two Boise police officers and a police K-9 were shot by the suspect.  Four Boise Police officers fired at the suspect.  The suspect was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The officers involved in the shooting are all members of the SOU.

Cpl. Chris Davis, 16 years with BPD

Det. Brian Holland, 13 years with BPD

Cpl. Norman Carter, 20 years with BPD, 23 total in Law Enforcement

Sgt. Loren Hilliard, 13 years with BPD

The Ada County Critical Incident Task Force is investigating this incident led by Garden City Police Department.


Boise’s police chief is asking for the community’s prayers, as two officers are hospitalized after being shot in a Boise Bench neighborhood.

The man who police say pulled the trigger was announced dead on arrival at the hospital.

"I would ask that the prayers of the citizens of Boise are out there tonight to our officers to make sure they come through this okay," said Chief Bill Bones.

At last check, police say one officer was in surgery, another in the emergency room. A police dog, Jar-do, was also shot and taken to a nearby vet for surgery. Veterinarians say he is in stable condition. 

The violence erupted near the intersection of Wilson and Irving Street. Police say they were searching for 33-year-old Marco Romero of Nampa. Authorities say Romero shot two people in a Meridian apartment complex earlier this week and may have later carjacked an 89-year-old woman.

As part of the search, police blocked off the area around the intersection and called in a SWAT team. Authorities say they were searching a yard when gunfire broke out.

Investigators at the scene identified the shooter as Romero.  

The incident has shaken the normally quiet community.

"I had to pick up my daughter from preschool,” said one neighbor. “And as soon as I got home, I heard gunshots, maybe 15 gunshots, and a bunch of yelling, and that was pretty freaky."

While Chief Bill Bones is asking the public to keep the injured officers in their prayers, he is asking the public to stay away from Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center and not to interfere with doctors.