UPDATE: Police release identity of man killed after officer-involved shooting near Wendell

Posted at 10:25 PM, Oct 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-17 18:05:02-04


Officials are releasing the identity of the person who police say led officers on a high-speed pursuit earlier this week, ending in an officer-involved shooting and the death of 28-year-old David James Bamber Jr. of Pleasanton, California.

In a release to media, police say that by the time Elmore County, Idaho State Police, and Gooding County police personnel were pursuing Bamber, they knew of warrants and cases involving Bamber out of California.

Police say Bamber had felony arrest warrants out of California for burglary and unlawful possession of a firearm; was the suspect in a kidnapping in Pleasanton, California; was a suspect in a second kidnapping near Bald Mountain, Nevada; and was believed to be driving a stolen vehicle. Police also say there was an Officer Safety Alert issued out of Pleasanton indicating that Bamber was "armed and dangerous."

Since the events of Tuesday, the Critical Incident Task Force has found that Bamber had a "lengthy criminal history" and was the respondent to a protection order issued in California.


One person is dead in an officer-involved shooting near Wendell, Idaho.

Police say the incident began as a high-speed pursuit in Ada County after a suspect fled from a routine traffic stop just after 11 a.m. Tuesday. Ada County deputies discontinued the pursuit at that time.

According to police, the driver was suspected of kidnapping two victims and had a felony warrant for his arrest. Police say they considered him to be armed and dangerous.

About half-an-hour later, Gooding County Sheriff’s Deputies say they located the suspect's vehicle and continued pursuit, which they say included the suspect driving in the wrong direction on the interstate.

Gooding County Deputies and ISP chased the suspect until they say his vehicle became disabled north of Wendell.

Police say the suspect then stole a truck at gunpoint and continued to flee.

Authorities say shots were fired at the suspect, and the chase ended at a dairy near Wendell.

Police say officers arrived on scene to find the suspect incapacitated. Authorities say lifesaving measures were taken, however the suspect died at the scene.

The Twin Falls Police Department is leading the investigation into what happened. If you witnessed any part of the pursuit or have any additional information, please contact TFPD at 208-735-7200.