Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, June 06, 2008

06-05-08 Shots Fired on Village Lane

06-05-08 Shots Fired on Village Lane

Update:
   Motorcyclist who was taken into custody outside the Village Lane apartment yesterday:
 
Suspect: Tim P. Phillips, 43, Payette
Charge: Driving Without Privileges, Outstanding warrants
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Boise, June 6, 2008 - The CITF Investigation into the officer involved shooting on Village Lane continues.
 
   Crime Scene/Neighborhood: Currently crime scene investigators continue to scour the scene, tracking evidence. The crime scene takes in an entire apartment building, so the scene investigation is extensive. Investigators wore special suits due to insulation in the attic.
   Investigators would like to thank neighbors in the complex for being alert and reporting possible drug activity in the area.
  
   Suspect Update: The suspect in this case remain hospitalized with injuries that do appear serious.   The suspect's name has not yet been released. Investigators say charges are pending. When charges are filed, the suspect's name will be released.
 
   Investigation: At this time it looks like the essential elements of what happened have not changed from the information released last night. Please refer to the release posted at www.boisepolice.org for details.
 
   Officers Involved: The involved officers, two veteran officers, members of the Boise Police Special Operations Team, have been given three paid days off, which is standard in these types of circumstances. Officers are given the time to spend with family. The department also offers them any services, including counseling. 
   Ten officers were also in the immediate area, either witnessing the incident or in close proximity. Those officers were also given today off to spend with family. Witness officers are also offered counseling or other services the officers and their families may need after an incident of this type.
 

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   UPDATE:
   Investigators have given the OK to release the following...
   The suspect's name has not been released because he has not yet been charged.
 
   The suspect, when found by officers, was holding and pointing a soldering gun, similar to the one pictured below (not a soldering iron).

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Boise, June 5, 2008, 7:45 p.m. - Boise Police and the Ada County Critical Incident Task Force are investigating a shooting that involved officers of the highly trained Boise Police Special Operations Unit, and a man who initially caught officers attention by driving dangerously through an apartment complex. The man then ran into an apartment that was the focus of a drug investigation and began breaking through several walls entering other residences. During the prolonged search, officers repeatedly yelled to the suspect they had a K9. According to officers, the suspect responded yelling he had a gun. Finally, with the assistance of the police K9, officers located the suspect lying under a pile of wood in the apartment building basement. Officers say when they lifted the wood, the suspect laying there pointed an object at them that officers believed to be a weapon.


"Right now, it appears the officers felt threatened by the actions of the suspect and fired their weapons." said Boise Police Deputy Chief Jim Kerns. "We're beginning, what will be a thorough, complete investigation into this situation and what prompted it."


- Two officers fired multiple shots.
- Both officers are veteran members of the Boise Police Special Operation Unit.
- The suspect remains hospitalized with what appears to be multiple gunshot wounds.
- The suspects injuries appears serious although, at this time, the information being given to officers is the injuries do not appear life threatening.

"This suspects went to extremes breaking into several residents to get away from police," said Deputy Chief Kerns. "Officers felt he placed the residents here in equally extreme danger during this bizarre incident"

"This is the first shooting involving officers of the specially trained SOU unit. Typically these officers are prepared for the worst, but the cases, because of their training, ressolve themselves without shots fired by officers. Today, it appears, officers felt forced to shoot."

What Happened: At approx 12:30, three neighborhood contact officers following up on a potential drug investigation, responded to an apartment building on the 600 blk. of Village Lane. As they were approaching the apartment, the officers saw a motorcycle leaving the area. The driver was identified as possibly being involved in the suspected drug activity. Officers stopped the motorcycle driver, eventually arresting him for an outstanding warrant.
During the traffic stop, officers attention was diverted by the driver of a maroon Suburban that was scretching down Village Lane in reverse. Officers saw the Suburban stop and the driver run. A witness pointed officers in the direction of the apartment saying the driver had run inside.
Officers knocked on the door, a woman answered. While talking to the woman, officers say they could hear strange noises inside the apartment, noises that sounded like someone trying to break through the wall into another apartment.
At that point, officers were allowed inside the apartment where they saw a large hole in the ceiliing of the apartment. Officers then backed outside, secured the entire building, and began evacuating other residents.
Officers learned the suspect who was apparently trying to flee was a known drug user with a lengthy criminal history. Officers could hear and see where the suspect had broken into an adjacent apartment.
Officers called supervisors, who considered the suspect's erratic behavior and previous criminal history, combined with his breaking into other apartments, decided to keep the building secure and call out the Boise Police Special Operations Team.
SOU officers began arriving at the apartment at approx. 3;15 p.m. They began a methodical search of the apartment building, calling to the suspect to surrender, and warning the suspect a K9 was assisting in the search. The suspect responded by yelling back at officers that he was armed with a gun.
Officers say the K9 finally alerted on a pile of lumber in a basement storage area. The officers believed the pile of lumber covered a crawl space. When the officers lifted up the lumber, they found the suspect laying underneath the lumber pointing something in the direction of the officers. The officers, believing the suspect was pointing a weapon their way, fired multiple shots.
A Tactical Medical team, who was staged just across the street, immediately were called to give aide to the suspect. He was then transported to a nearby hospital where he remains at this hour in police custody.

Investigation: All officer involved shootings are investigated by the Ada County Critical Incident Task Force. The Meridian Police department will lead this investigation. Boise Police will also conduct a separate investigation into policy and procedure. The Boise City Ombudsman will also conduct an investigation into department policy and procedure.

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