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Two officers shot in Boise after approaching wanted suspect

Posted at 2:49 PM, Nov 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-11 20:00:15-05

UPDATE 5:41 p.m.

Police have updated 6 On Your Side on the condition of the officers who have been shot.  We are told one officer is in surgery, another is in the emergency room at Saint Alphonsus and a K9 officer is in surgery. 

The suspected gunman Marco Romero was dead on arrival to the hospital. 

UPDATE 3:36 p.m.

Our 6 On Your Side crew on scene is reporting two officers have been shot. At this point, it's not clear the extent of their injuries.

Police on scene have confirmed to us that the suspect is 33-year-old Marco Romero, who is wanted for a previous shooting in Meridian. 

UPDATE 3:32 p.m.

Our 6 On Your Side crew on scene reports hearing gunshots.  We will update as more information becomes available. 

ORIGINAL STORY:

Boise Police are searching neighborhoods in the Emerald and Orchard Street area -– commonly known as the “bench” -- for a wanted subject.

Residents have been advised to immediately report any suspicious activity.

Officers were initially dispatched after police received a citizen’s report of a possible wanted subject spotted in the area, according to BPD spokesperson Haley Williams.

Several streets in the neighborhoods are blocked, and residents report seeing armed SWAT officers in the area.

Meridian Police confirm a K-9 unit has also been dispatched to the area, but Meridian Deputy Chief Tracy Basterrechea tells us the unit was dispatched “only to assist Boise Police.”

Williams stated the person officers are searching for is believed wanted in connection with a shooting, but she declined to provide details.

She also did not provide a suspect description, nor did she say if the suspect is considered armed or dangerous.

We will provide more information as it becomes available.