UPDATE: Nampa man charged after deadly shooting in Star

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Posted at 7:30 PM, Dec 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-27 14:12:24-05

UPDATE (12/27): The Ada County Sheriff's Office (ACSO) says a 19-year-old man is in custody in the Canyon County Jail after a deadly shooting happened in Star over the weekend.

Police say Dakota Travis Honeycutt is charged with felony counts of assisting in a suicide and destruction of evidence. He was arrested in Nampa Monday morning.

The Ada County Coroner's Office identified the victim as 48-year-old Kevin Hunt Monday. Investigators say Hunt died from a gunshot wound and was by himself and his car was not at the park.

Honeycutt was living at Hunt's Nampa-area apartment and might have been driving Hunt's car, according to police. Investigators found Honeycutt Sunday night and interviewed him, where he told investigators he drove Hunt to Hunter's Creek Park and watched him shoot himself around 9 p.m.

A news release says Honeycutt left the body there, took the gun and disposed of it before going back to the Nampa apartment Saturday night. Star Police found the gun where Honeycutt ways he got rid of it.

Detectives are still gathering evidence and investigating the case. Police say it is not clear why the men were at the park on Saturday night as they both live in Nampa and do not appear to have any ties to Star.

Additional charges are possible. Honeycutt will be brought back to Ada County where he will make his initial court appearance later this week.

ORIGINAL STORY: Star Police are investigating the shooting death of a man who was found dead near Hunter's Creek Sports Park off Star Road early Sunday, according to a press release from the Ada County Sheriff's Office.

ACSO says someone saw the man in the morning just after 9:00 a.m. and called 911. The Ada County Coroner's Office identified the man as 48-year-old Kevin Hunt. The cause of death and manner of death are pending according to the coroner, but the Ada County Sheriff's Office says it appears the man was shot.

Star Police are continuing their investigation as of Sunday evening and searching the area for evidence of what happened. ACSO says the initial investigation of the man's death as a suicide "appear suspicious; however, there does not appear to be any immediate threat to the public."

So far, they have identified the man and are pursuing multiple leads. It is unclear how long the man was dead at the scene.

Investigators are asking anyone with information to call Ada County Dispatch at (208) 377-6790.