Officer identities released in fatal officer-involved shooting

Posted at 3:17 PM, Mar 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-19 18:27:43-04

We now know the identities of the officers involved in Saturday morning's deadly officer-involved shooting in the Boise foothills.

The suspect declared dead at the scene has not yet been identified.

Boise Police say dispatch received reports of a man with a gun threatening hikers and bikers on trails near Hull's Gulch around 9:30 Saturday morning.

Boise Police say the suspect then fatally shot a hiker's pet dog.

After arriving on scene, police were able to secure the man on the Kestrel trail near the Foothills Learning Center. Police engaged the man, and that's when authorities say the man fired at officers.

Six Boise Police officers returned fire. The suspect was declared dead at the scene.

The six Boise Police Department officers who were forced to fire their duty weapons after being shot at by the suspect are listed below.

-   Officer Eric Johnson, 14 years with the Boise Police Department
-   Officer Robert Johnson, 11 years with the Boise Police Department
-   Officer Andrew Johnson, 16 years with the Boise Police Department
-   Officer Chris Zimmer, 4 years with the Boise Police Department
-   Officer Chris Wirshing, 10 years with the Boise Police Department
-   Officer Tyjuan Lynn, 1 year with the Boise Police Department

The officers involved are still on administrative leave.

"Our hearts go out to the family who lost a dog this morning and to everyone who felt scared or threatened. We can assure you that the situation is resolved and safe," said Boise Police Chief William Bones. "It's going to take a while to investigate and we ask people to avoid accessing the Hulls Gulch trails until we can clear the scene."

The Ada County Critical Incident Task Force, led by the Meridian Police Department has been activated to investigate the shooting. None of the police officers involved were injured.