Boise man in critical condition after officer-involved shooting Monday morning

Posted at 10:19 AM, Jan 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-01 20:16:42-05

A 57-year-old Boise man is in critical condition at a local hospital after an officer-involved shooting that occurred early Monday in a Boise “bench” neighborhood.

According to an Ada County dispatch supervisor, a call originally came in about 7:15 a.m. when someone reported a man with a gun in the 900 block of South Wild Phlox Way, near the intersection of Cole and Overland Roads.

Police say, according to calls to dispatch, the suspect was also reported to be suicidal.

Law enforcement says the man ignored repeated command to show his hands and walked toward the officers, forcing Officer Nielsen to fire his duty weapon.

The suspect was injured and officers on scene provided first aid until paramedics arrived.

“As with all shootings in Ada County and law enforcements in Ada County, this is being investigated by the Critical Incident Task Force (CITF), which involves all of the agencies in Ada County,” said Deputy Chief Eugene Smith with the Boise City Police Department. “In this particular case, the Garden City Police Department is the lead agency in this incident.”

Police say a knife was recovered at the scene near the suspect and evidence shows the suspect was also suffering from what officers believe to be previously inflicted knife wounds.

Officer Nielsen is a six-year veteran with the Boise Police Department and has twelve years of experience in law enforcement. 

No officers were injured.

It was not disclosed how many shots were fired.

Body camera video taken from the officers on scene is currently being reviewed as part of the investigation.