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New details in Meridian officer-involved shooting

Posted: 11:15 AM, Nov 21, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-21 13:54:09-05
New details in Meridian officer-involved shooting

New details were released Wednesday morning on an officer involved shooting in Meridian earlier this week in which an Idaho State Police trooper shot and killed a suspect.

About 3:30 p.m. Monday, an Idaho State Police motorcycle trooper initiated a traffic stop on another motorcycle -- driven by Christopher Williams, 41, of Boise -- for traffic violations that occurred near the intersection of Waltman Lane and Meridian Road.  

“As the ISP trooper approached the motorcycle on foot, Williams accelerated and sped away down Waltman, which (is a dead-end),” stated ISP spokesman Tim Marsano. 

“The ISP trooper got back on his motorcycle and located the suspect at the end of the street.  As the trooper again attempted to make contact with Williams, a physical altercation occurred between them surrounding a struggle over the trooper's firearm. After approximately two minutes of fighting for the weapon, preliminary evidence indicates the trooper fired several shots which struck the suspect in the torso. The trooper began life-saving measures immediately, which paramedics took over when they arrived on scene,” Marsano explained. 

The suspect was later pronounced dead at the scene. 

The trooper was wearing an on-body video camera -- and the video is being reviewed as part of the investigation. 

The Boise Police Department is heading up the independent Critical Incident Task Force investigation.

The Idaho State Police will be conducting its own administrative investigation thereafter, Marsano said.