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Man dead following officer-involved shooting in Elmore County

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Posted at 11:03 AM, Aug 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-02 16:49:50-04

One man is dead following a shooting Tuesday morning involving Elmore County Sheriff’s deputies.

It happened near Interstate 84 between Mountain Home and the town of Hammett.

According to Idaho State Police spokeswoman Teresa Baker, the incident began when deputies responded to a report of a stolen pick-up near Hammett. Deputies spotted the truck, but the driver sped away.

The pursuit led through rural areas near Hammett.

Deputies tried to stop the truck using a so-called “pit” maneuver, but were unsuccessful.

The armed driver then ran from the vehicle, across in the westbound lanes of the Interstate. According to Baker, the man attempted to carjack three vehicles, but the drivers were able to get away.

Shortly thereafter, the man reportedly pointed his weapon at the pursing deputies, who then shot and killed the man.

The man's name was not immediately released. Baker would only say that the man is “known to police” and has a criminal record.

No information was immediately released on the two deputies involved. An Elmore County news release said either deputy was injured in the shooting.

Investigators are still looking for two vehicles whose drivers or passengers may have witnessed the incident. One is a maroon-colored car; the other, a black or blue small to medium SUV, officials said. Both were eastbound on I-84 near milepost 110.

Idaho State Police is heading up the Critical Incident Task Force investigating the shooting.