Boise Police Department identifies second officer shot in the line of duty

Posted at 1:38 PM, Nov 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-15 18:51:19-05

Boise police identify the second officer shot in the line duty. 

BPD say the Officer Kevin Holtry was shot while searching for a felon wanted in connection with another shooting and car-jacking of an elderly woman. 

Corporal Holtry’s condition continues to slightly improve day by day at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center. Fellow officer Cpl. Chris Davis and police K9 Jardo were also shot and are now recovering at home. 

Tonight at 6:30 p.m., a Candlelight Vigil will be held at the Idaho Peace Officers’ Memorial. Boise Police will be there in support of all law enforcement and to show support for BPD Corporal Kevin Holtry.

"With tonight's vigil we wanted people to know Corporal Holtry by name and be able to understand more about the man we know and love. I know no man who is so tough both in body and spirit. Tonight we would ask for your continued prayers and support," said Boise Police Chief William Bones.

A few notes about Officer Holtry:

-Served in the U.S. Army for three years.

-Served with the Ada County Sheriff’s Office before coming to BPD.

-17-year veteran of the Boise Police Department.

-During his time with Boise Police, he spent five years as a Neighborhood Contact Officer (NCO), four years as a Detective, was K-9 handler, and has been in the Special Operations Unit for 13 years. Is a recognized expert and instructor in numerous areas for the Boise Police Department.

-In 2014, he received a life-saving award for pulling a citizen out of the Boise River.

Holtry’s family says they appreciate all the community support and at this time they ask for privacy.