Idaho State Police investigators say Matthew David Conrad, 34, of Hammett is dead following an officer-involved shooting along nterstate 84 Tuesday morning.
The incident began about 9:00 a.m. when Elmore County dispatch received a report of a stolen pickup truck in Hammett.
The suspect in the theft, later identified as Conrad, was believed to be the neighbor of the pickup’s owner and was known to police for prior offenses. “Conrad was spotted by deputies and a pursuit ensued along the rural roads near Hammett. Deputies made several unsuccessful attempts to stop the pickup using a pursuit intervention technique or "PIT" maneuver,” said ISP spokeswoman Teresa Baker. “The vehicle was eventually stopped in a field north of the westbound lanes of I-84 near at milepost 110 after it went through a barbed wire fence toward the interstate.”
Conrad fled from deputies on foot, running south across the westbound lanes of I-84 and into the eastbound lanes of traffic. “Conrad then attempted to carjack a semi-truck at gunpoint and a red car driven by a female, but both drivers were able to flee the scene eastbound,” Baker said. “Conrad then attempted to carjack a SUV -- and that driver was able to drive through the median and flee the scene westbound.”
“When Conrad was unsuccessful in the third carjacking attempt, he turned around and pointed a gun at sheriff's deputies. Two sheriff's deputies fired at Conrad and Conrad died at the scene,” she said.
The names of the two deputies involved in the shooting have not yet been released. They have been placed on administrative leave, following agency policy.
Investigators were able to locate the driver of the semi-truck and the red car that were victims of the attempted carjackings this afternoon, but they are still interested in speaking to any other witnesses.
If you witnessed any part of the series of events and have not yet spoken to police, please call the Idaho State Police District 3 Investigations at 208-884-7110.
The eastbound lanes of I-84 were blocked during the investigation from approximately 10:00 a.m. to 1:35 p.m.
Traffic was diverted at exit 99 and allowed back on the interstate at exit 112.
The Idaho State Police is the lead agency on the investigation.