Boise Police: Suspect in Boise Towne Square shooting dies

Boise Towne Square Shots Fired
Posted at 2:59 PM, Oct 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-26 23:06:48-04

BOISE, Idaho — The suspect in the shooting at Boise Towne Square Monday died today, according to an updated press release from Boise Police.

Police say the incident is still under investigation and all information provided in this update is preliminary.

Boise Police Chief Ryan Lee said in a media briefing that Jacob Bergquist, 27, was the suspect. Police say the investigation into his motives is ongoing. The manner of his death is also still under investigation by the Ada County Critical Incident Task Force.

"We've had contact with him in the past, we did not have any reason to arrest him. He was a known subject and he is a subject of other police reports," Lee said.

Lee said police have been working with partners at the local and federal level to conduct interviews in order to understand a motive. Police conducted a search warrant at a location on N. Fry related to the investigation and evidence has been collected, Lee said.

The Ada County Coroner identified the two other victims Tuesday. Joseph Acker, 26, from Caldwell, was pronounced dead at the scene, the coroner's office announced. Roberto Padilla Arguelles, 49 from Rupert, died in the emergency room after lifesaving measures were taken, according to the coroner's office.

The official cause and manner of death for both is pending.

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Three other people were hurt in the shooting. Two of them have been identified as a 52-year-old woman and a 23-year-old woman and both were hurt while inside a store, according to the release. They are recovering from non-life-threatening injuries.

Police say the third victim, a 68-year-old woman, was shot and injured while inside her vehicle. She also has non-life-threatening injuries.

Police say a Boise Police Officer who responded to the scene was shot at through the window of his vehicle. Evidence indicates at this time the hat he was wearing was hit by gunfire and shards of glass from the window hit him, according to the release. He has been treated and released from the hospital.

"There were several shots that were fired inside the mall. The police encountered the suspect outside the mall and that is all subject to the officer-involved shooting invesigation," Lee said.

Lee said the suspect was also known to have a history with the mall and other police agencies.

"They were generally, what we categorize as disorderly conduct calls in nature, trespass calls in nature for certain disruptive behavior. That would be appropriate to categorized how the mall view their interactions with him as well as other police contacts," Lee said.

Boise Police is asking anyone who was a witness and has not yet spoken to police to call CrimeStoppers or use this link through the City of Boise.

Idaho News 6 will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.