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Caldwell police release identity of man killed in Nampa incident, 3 officers on leave

Posted at 6:06 PM, Dec 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-22 09:38:52-05

Caldwell police released the identity of the man fatally shot in Nampa Friday.

Police identified the man who died as 34-year-old Leonel Salinas of Nampa, who died on the scene after an officer shot him. Caldwell police say Nampa police stopped a vehicle at 204 11th Avenue N. in Nampa, where Salinas was the passenger. The officers confronted Salinas and asked if he had any weapons on him and he said he had a knife.

He then reached to his clothes near his waist when Nampa officers asked him to stop, according to Caldwell PD. When officers arrested him, Salinas began to fight the officers and could see the knife in his hand during the struggle, Caldwell police said. Salinas then used the knife to stab one of the Nampa officers in the face and reached to stab another when he was shot.

Officials say the officers performed first aid on Salinas, but he died at the scene.

The Canyon County Critical Incident Task Force is investigating the incident. Three involved officers have been placed on administrative leave per standard procedure, according to Caldwell police.

One officer, who was stabbed in the face, has six years experience. The assisting officer has 17 years and the officer who shot had two years experience, according to Caldwell police.