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Idaho man booked for suspected first-degree murder in Horseshoe Bend

Posted at 12:21 PM, Mar 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-16 19:48:34-04

HORSESHOE BEND, Idaho — UPDATE: The Idaho State Police has released additional details of a fatal shooting that took place Sunday evening at a Horseshoe Bend mobile home.

ISP Captain Matt Sly said an ISP trooper was dispatched to the mobile home on Canyon Street about 10:25 p.m. Sunday following reports that a man had fired multiple shots into the residence.

Reports indicate “the suspect was making comments about ‘end of days’ when he (reportedly) fired multiple rounds from a rifle into the mobile home. There is no indication the suspect knew the mobile home residents, nor do they know him,” Sly said.

The suspect then rammed his vehicle into a propane tank near the mobile home.

A Boise County Sheriff’s Office deputy who was at a nearby substation at the time was called to the scene and arrived within minutes after the shooting.

The deputy and several neighbors were able to extricate the suspect from the vehicle and take him into custody. The rifle was also confiscated.

“The Boise County Sheriff’s Office called us for help in processing the scene and gathering evidence” Sly explained.

The shooting is now a joint Boise County/ISP investigation. The suspect was later identified as Benjamin Michael Poirier, 44, from Emmett. He was arrested for suspicion of first-degree murder.

Investigators are still trying to determine a motive for the incident, but they are initially describing it as a “random” shooting.

Sly stated there were at least two others in the mobile home at the time. Neither person was injured.

We will provide for details as they become available.

Original article was originally written by Ruth Brown with the Idaho Statesman.
Authorities booked an Emmett man into Ada County Jail early Monday on suspicion of first-degree murder in connection with a Horseshoe Bend fatal shooting.

Benjamin Poirier, 44, remains in custody and awaits a court hearing later Monday. According to the jail roster, he is being held on suspicion of first-degree murder and first-degree murder involving poison, torture, vengeance, extortion or sadistic inclinations.

Idaho State Police did not have information about the homicide upon request Monday morning, but dispatch said there’s a plan to release details later today. The Boise County Sheriff’s Office directed the Statesman to ISP for information.

Further information about the shooting, the vicitm and the motive of the killing have not been released yet.

Access to the documents even after arraignment could be problematic because the Ada County courthouse is only allowing essential people into the building, such as attorneys, defendants and jurors, in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

This is a breaking news story that will be updated later today.