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UPDATE: Suspect charged in police shooting, incident still under investigation

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Posted at 8:56 PM, Jun 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-14 18:45:42-04

BOISE, Idaho — UPDATE (July 14): Mohamud Mokoma was served a warrant on several charges Wednesday, according to a news release from Boise Police.

The charges are:

  • 3 counts of lewd conduct with a minor under 16 (F)
  • Aggravated assault (F)
  • Aggravated assault on law enforcement personnel (F)
  • Use of a firearm or deadly weapon during the commission of a crime (F)
  • Unlawful entry (m)
  • Malicious injury to property (m)
  • Eluding a peace officer (m)
  • Violation of a protection order (m)

Mkoma is still in the hospital, according to police. The Ada County Critical Incident Task Force led by the Garden City Police Department is still investigating the shooting.

UPDATE (July 2): Three Boise police officers are on paid administrative leave following a shooting over the weekend.

BPD announced the three officers — A. Hartje, a 4-year veteran police officer; S. Martinez, an 18-year-veteran police officer; and J. Ridgeway, a 12-year veteran police officer — are on leave per BPD policy.

“When our officers are called to critical incidents the value of human life weighs heavily on their minds, and officers will take every step possible to avoid having to use force of this nature. No officer wants to be put in this situation and on Sunday, after being forced to take decisive action to stop a threat, the officers moved quickly to administer life-saving care,” Boise Police Chief Ryan Lee said in a statement. “This was a very dangerous and dynamic situation and our hearts go out to the child involved and his family.”

The suspect is still in the hospital in critical but stable condition, according to BPD. All officers are trained in first aid, CPR and tactical medicine.

BDP says officers recently received training to stop blood loss and stabilize an injured person until EMS personnel arrive.

Original story (June 27):

A missing person's report on Sunday night led to a police shooting of a suspect near 36th street and North Eyrie Way where BPD had to perform a PIT maneuver to stop the suspect's vehicle.

According to the Boise Police Twitter account, officers were seeking information on the whereabouts of Mohamud Hassan Mkoma in connection with a 14-year-old missing child. The Tweet said officers believed the child may have been in danger.

BPD later tweeted that the 14-year-old had been found and was safe. Officers confronted the suspect at the same time which is when the shooting occurred. The scene is secure and the suspect is on the way to the hospital.

According to a press release from BPD, the suspect was known by the family and entered their residence and left with the 14-year-old. Based on evidence officers felt the boy may be in danger and began an immediate investigation.

BPD says while an Amber Alert was being processed, patrol officers found the suspect's car and attempted a traffic stop but the suspect continued to flee. Officers performed a PIT maneuver stopping the car. After confronting the suspect, officers fired their weapons. No officers were injured.

The Ada County Critical Incident Task Force (CITF) led by the Garden City Police Department is investigating the shooting.