Boise, August 4, 2006 12:30 a.m. - Boise Police are investigating the deaths of two people in what appears to be a domestic violence related homicide - suicide.
Officers responded to the call that came in from a woman who had been on the phone to someone in the home when she overheard threats made of using explosives. The caller said a woman on the other end of the line told her to hang up and call 9-1-1. The call was received by dispatch at 5:53 p.m.
Officers got the call and were on scene at to the 300 block of S. Laurel at 5:55 p.m. When they arrived, they say they went to the front door and knocked identifying themselves as Boise Police Officers but did not get a response. An officer found the front door to be unlocked. When officers opened the door, they saw a seriously injured woman lying on the floor of the living room. Officers called for EMS and pulled the woman out of the house. Officers did not know where the suspect was so after pulling the woman out to safety, they called for more assistance and set up a perimeter. The woman was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
Because of the possible threat of explosives, officers evacuated 15 homes on S. Laurel, Peg and Hilton Streets. Residents were cooperative and the evacuation went quickly.
The Special Operations Unit (SWAT) was called in along with BPD bomb technicians. For approx. 4 1/2 hours officers tried to establish contact with the suspect, believed to be a man inside the home. Finally tear gas canisters were deployed into the home through windows. Officers were then able to look inside the home and found a man lying dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Officers did recover a weapon near the man's body.
Names of the victims will be released from the Ada County Coroner.