Meridian man jailed in officer-involved shooting

Meridian man jailed in officer-involved shooting
Posted at 5:06 PM, Oct 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-11 19:06:00-04

A Meridian has been booked into the Ada County Jail on charges stemming from his alleged involvement in an officer-involved shooting.

Boise Police officers took 22-year-old Dakota Morris into custody Tuesday after he was released from an area hospital following an officer-involved shooting on September 19th.  

Morris was transported to the Ada County Jail where he was booked for two outstanding warrants and three additional charges, including assault on an officer and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony crime. 

Officers responded to a business on Fairview Ave. and Maple Grove Road on the 19th after receiving a call regarding a person who was acting suspiciously inside the business, according to a Boise Police news release. When officers arrived through one door of the business, the male suspect ran out another door. Officers pursued the suspect on foot across Fairview Avenue, to the south side of the street -- then westbound through parking lots and behind businesses.  

Officers gave repeated commands to the suspect who continued to flee, while brandishing a gun.
Additional officers responded. They confronted the suspect after he jumped a fence into another parking lot. “Due to the suspect’s dangerous and threatening actions while brandishing a weapon, three Boise Police officers were forced to discharge their duty weapons,” the BPD release said. “The officers immediately began performing life-saving measures on the suspect until paramedics arrived and took him to a local hospital.”

Investigators recovered a black Ruger handgun from the scene believed to belong to the suspect, the release added.

Morris faces charges of assault or battery upon certain personnel (a police officer), use of a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony, unlawful possession of a firearm, and failure to appear. All are felonies.