Ada County Coroner identifies man shot by Meridian police

Posted at 1:51 PM, Jun 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-26 15:51:31-04

The Ada County Coroner’s Office has released the name of the man shot and killed following a domestic dispute in Meridian Saturday afternoon.

Coroner Dotti Owens says Robert Lyle Barton, 48, died of a single gunshot wound to the chest at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise.

The incident began around 12:30 p.m. when Meridian Police officers were dispatched to the 800 block of West Newport Street, near the intersection of Cherry Lane and Meridian Road.

A friend of the woman who lives in the home told 6 On Your Side a man entered her residence and grabbed a knife, prompting the call to police. When officers arrived, the calling party said he heard three shots fired in the home’s backyard.

“Officers (saw) blood near the front door and made contact with the victim, who stated the suspect was tearing up the house and grabbing knives,” according to a press release from the Meridian Police Department. “Officers located the suspect in the backyard of the home and attempted negotiating with him. The suspect made statements to the effect of, ‘I am not going back to jail,’ then pulled a handgun from his waistband. One officer fired a taser and one officer fired his weapon, striking the suspect in the chest.”

Officers gave Barton first aid, before he was taken to the hospital.

The Boise Police Department is heading up the standard Critical Incident Task Force investigation into the shooting.