Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Officer Involved Shooting

Officer Involved Shooting

      Boise, April 3, 2007, 3:30 a.m. - The Ada County Critical Incident Task Force is investigating an overnight shooting that involved two Boise Police Officers and a man wanted for forgery.

      The investigation is still underway, but at this time, this is what investigators believe happened:

      At 10:49 p.m. Monday, April 2nd, officers were called to a retail store on Federal Way by employees concerned that a man was trying to pass a bad check.

      Witnesses say the first officer arrived just as the suspect was walking out of the store. The suspect began to struggle with the officer. As a second officer arrived, the suspect broke free and pulled a knife while still very close to both officers. That's when both officers pulled their weapons and fired. The suspect was hit. He died at a nearby hospital. Neither officer was injured.

      The store, Fred Meyer, had just closed at the time of the incident. Store employees say there were no customers in the store at the time and no store employees were ever threatened. Several employees of the store witnessed the incident. The witnesses have been very cooperative in detailing for investigators what they saw and heard during the incident and what led up to it.

      The suspect's name will be released by the Ada County Coroner after notification of next of kin. At the time of the incident, the suspect did have a warrant for his arrest for forgery.

      The two officers involved will be provided three days leave. The department also offers several opportunities for counseling for officers involved in such incidents.

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