Police shoot suspect who claimed to surrender but appeared with gun in hand

Suspect said police would have to shoot him
Posted at 10:36 AM, Nov 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-11 17:45:15-05

A suspect is in the hospital and the Critical Incident Task Force is investigating an officer-involved shooting that took place in Caldwell this morning.

Police say they responded to a call at around 5:30 a.m. this morning reporting a break-in around the 600 block of Ash Street in Caldwell.

Police say when they arrived it was still dark but they said they might have seen a weapon in his hand, possibly a handgun.

The suspect made comments that police would have to shoot the suspect, or he would shoot himself.

The Canyon County Sheriffs' office department came to the scene to assist. 

A SWAT team was also called in because of the possibility that the suspect could be armed, and a perimeter was set up. School children who were outside waiting for busses were escorted to different locations to meet their school busses and residents were instructed to stay inside.

Hours later the suspect reportedly repeated to police that they would have to shoot him or he would shoot himself.

After hours of negotiation, police got the suspect on the phone to try to negotiate with him.

After several hours the suspect said he would surrender, but Caldwell Police Department Chief Frank Wyant says as he approached from the porch of the house, "he still had a weapon in his hand".

"I know that one of our officers fired his weapon," said Chief Wyant. "I don't know how many shots yet... that's part of the investigation."