Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Prosecutors Review of Critical Incident/Officer Involved Shooting

Prosecutors Review of Critical Incident/Officer Involved Shooting

This release comes from the Bannock County Prosecutor regarding his review of the Critical Incident Task Force investigation into the officer/deputy involved shooting Nov. 6, 2006.

PRESS RELEASE

 

BANNOCK COUNTY PROSECUTING ATTORNEY MARK HIEDEMAN FINDS POLICE INVOLVED SHOOTING OF NOVEMBER 6, 2006 JUSTIFIABLE

 

March 7, 2007

 

          Bannock County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Hiedeman announced today that the shooting of Tyler Lowery was justifiable.  The incident was investigated by the Ada County Critical Incident Taskforce.  Leading the investigation was the Idaho State Police with the assistance of the Garden City Police Department and Meridian Police Department.  

 

Officers from the Boise Police Department and the Ada County Sheriff’s Office did everything they could on November 6, 2006 to convince Tyler Lowery to put down his weapon and surrender peacefully.  There was an extended dialogue between officers and Lowery where Lowery expressed that his life was over and that he would not return to prison.  A Boise psychologist reviewed the reports on this incident and said in a written report “he (Lowery) may have had some fatalistic resignation once he was caught.  He was resigned to the fact that he was not going back to prison.  He was surrounded, cornered, and as he had never acted responsibly in most of the action of his life anyway, he returned the responsibility over to the police to let them take his life.”

 

          Lowery was hit eight times, several wounds which could have been fatal.  Six officers fired their weapons in the incident.

 

          Lowery had committed an Aggravated Assault on his former mother-in-law earlier in the morning.  Officers responded to that 9-1-1 call and encountered Lowery nearby in the Fred Meyer parking lot shortly thereafter.  Lowery was a danger to officers and the public at large.

 

          There were 26 law enforcement officers present at the scene.  All 26 officers and 36 civilians were interviewed during the investigation by members of the taskforce.  The investigation was thoroughly and professionally completed and there is no question that the officers acted appropriately under the circumstances.