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Meridian man behind bars on two aggravated assault charges

Posted: 10:06 AM, Jul 11, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-11 12:10:16-04

MERIDIAN, Idaho — A Meridian man is behind bars after an incident near E. Franklin Road in Meridian.

Police responded to a shots fired call involving a possibly suicidal person at a residence in the area.

Police say they arrived around 8:00 p.m. and were told by several adults and children they were in fear for their safety. Witnesses told police the man was distraught with a firearm in the backyard of the home. A female attempted to talk with him, but he told her to leave and fired the gun at her and an adult male close to her.

Meridian Police took the man into custody, but while in handcuffs he began to resist officers. A search of the man revealed a metal pipe for smoking marijuana.

He was booked into the Ada County Jail on two felony charges of aggravated assault and two misdemeanor charges of resisting and obstructing police officers and possession of drug paraphernalia.

As part of our commitment to raising the level of conversation regarding mental health in Idaho, we have chosen not to release this man's name.

If you or someone you know is struggling, please know these resources are available to you:

Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline:

Phone: (208) 398-4357

Website: https://www.idahosuicideprevention.org/

Veteran's Crisis Line:

Phone: 1 (800) 273-8255 (PRESS 1), or you can text: 838255 to get help from professionals, 24/7.

Website: https://www.boise.va.gov/

Crisis Hotline:

Phone: 208-788-3596

Website: http://thecrisishotline.org/

211 Idaho Careline:

Phone: Dial 211 or 1-800-926-2588

Addiction hotline:

Phone: (888) 659-7510

Website: https://addictionresource.com/addiction-and-rehab-hotlines/idaho-numbers/

Idaho Department of Health and Welfare:

Website: https://healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/Medical/MentalHealth/tabid/103/Default.aspx

Phone lists: https://healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/ContactUs.aspx