Idaho man accused of shooting at courthouse while deputies were inside, arrested Friday

Posted at 12:04 PM, Feb 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-07 14:04:17-05

Police arrested a man on Friday who is accused of shooting at the Canyon County Courthouse on Jan. 30 while sheriff’s deputies were inside the public building, the Idaho Statesman reports.

Police arrested Josue Beltran, 24, of Caldwell, and booked him into Ada County Jail on suspicion of felony discharge of a firearm into an occupied building and felony malicious injury to property.

According to a Caldwell Police news release, Beltran shot the front windows of the courthouse doors around 4:30 a.m. on Jan. 30, so the public building was not open yet, but there were employees inside. The Canyon County Sheriff’s Office is adjacent to to the courthouse, at 1115 Albany St. in Caldwell.

Surveillance footage from the building showed what vehicle the suspect drove at the time of the shooting and police then named Beltran as a suspect.

On Friday, Boise Police officers located Beltran’s vehicle, performed a traffic stop and took him into custody. Also on Friday, Caldwell detectives searched Beltran’s home and located a 12 gauge shotgun that is believed to be the firearm used in the shooting, according to the news release.

No one was injured in the shooting.

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Reporter Ruth Brown covers the criminal justice and correctional systems in Idaho. She focuses on breaking news, public safety and social justice. Prior to coming to the Idaho Statesman, she was a reporter at the Idaho Press-Tribune, the Bakersfield Californian and the Idaho Falls Post Register.