Identities released for shooting suspect, three Boise police officers from Meridian KOA shooting

Posted at 7:05 AM, Aug 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-01 18:47:12-04

UPDATE: Police released the identities of the three Boise police officers placed on paid administrative leave following a shooting at a Meridian KOA that left one dead.

Officials said the three officers placed on leave after the shooting are 6-year officer A. Morlock, 12-year officer J. Green and 17-year officer S. Martinez.

UPDATE (9/1): Ada County Coroner Dotti Owens identified the suspect of the shooting at the Meridian KOA as a 58-year-old Kuna man. Arthur Zalman Ferrel died from multiple gunshot wounds, the coroner announced Tuesday.

Toxicology results from the autopsy are pending and may take several weeks, according to the coroner. An investigation into the incident is ongoing.

UPDATE: Boise Police say three officers 'were forced to fire their duty weapons,' killing the male suspect involved in the shooting at a Meridian KOA.

Three Boise police officers have been placed on administrative leave, officials say.

Boise Police Department assisted Meridian Police and Ada County deputies at the KOA RV Park in Meridian after reports of shots fired in the campground. Boise police officers arrived and found the suspect inside a trailer and firing shots at another trailer, officials said.

Officers on the scene positioned themselves around the trailer with the suspect inside, with one BPD officer positioned with a clear line of sight into the back window of the trailer, Boise police said in a news release.

Police said they could see the suspect reloading and "shooting the gun indiscriminately," and once it was confirmed the suspect was shooting at other trailers, the Boise Police officer with a line of sight fired one shot.

Officers with shields moved toward the trailer to asses the situation when the suspect resumed shooting from within, according to BPD. The suspect raised the gun again and "officers were forced to fire again," Boise police said.

Police fired shots at two different times, according to police. It is currently unknown how many shots police fired.

Officials then tried to enter the trailer, which appeared to be barricaded, eventually entering the trailer to give aide to the suspect. After paramedics tried to perform life-saving measures, the suspect was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the release.

Boise police said the suspect is thought to have fired dozens of times and at least one nearby trailer was hit several times.

No information on the suspect has been released, but it is expected to be released by Ada County Coroner pending family notification, police say.

No names of the officers involved has been released, but Boise Police say three Boise Police officers have been placed on administrative leave -- two 12-year veteran officers and a six-year veteran officer.

An investigation into the incident is on-going. Officials say the City of Boise Office of Police Oversight also responded to the scene and will conduct an internal investigation, as well as an internal investigation by the Boise Police Department Internal Affairs.

“We value the sanctity of human life, and no Boise Police Officer takes the use of deadly force lightly. Our condolences go out to the family of the deceased,” said Boise Police Chief Ryan Lee in a statement. “All of the officers at the scene are trained to respond to people in mental health crisis and regularly are able to de-escalate situations, but due to the ongoing and obvious danger presented by the suspect, the officers involved had a moral and ethical obligation to intervene.”


Meridian Police say a male suspect is dead after an early morning shooting.

Officials tell Idaho News 6 police responded to a shots fired call around 3:30 a.m. Monday at the Boise/Meridian KOA on West Pennwood Street. Officers heard more shots fired once they arrived on the scene.

Officers were working to evacuate people in the campground and returned fire, killing the suspect. No one else was hurt.

Boise Police and Ada County Deputies also responded to the scene. The Ada County Critical Incident Task Force will investigate the shooting, with Garden City Police leading the investigation, according to a news release from the Meridian Police Department.

Idaho News 6 is following this developing story and will update you as we learn more.