07-29-09 Overnight Shots Fired-Man in Custody No Injuries
UPDATED PRESS RELEASE OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING INVESTIGATION 07-28-09
Release prepared by Chief Mike Masterson
Boise, July 29, 2009 - 2:20 p.m. - Further details are being released on a shooting which occurred last night in the 2600 blk of Bedford Ln. in Boise, that involved a suspect and four Boise Police Officers.
Arrested: George G. Nickel Jr, 38, Boise
Charges: Aggravated Assault (F), Discharge of a firearm into a inhabited Building (F) What Happened - Initial Call:
At approximately 11:14 p.m. a call was received by the 911 center of an individual at the door of an upstairs apartment armed with two guns. While the dispatcher was talking to the caller, a shot was heard in which the suspect shot the deadbolt lock in an attempt to gain entry. The suspect could then be heard kicking at the door in an attempt to breach it and gain entry into the apartment. The occupant of that apartment remained on the phone and sought a safer location in their apartment.
Unable to gain entry into the occupied apartment, the suspect went to an adjacent upstairs apartment where he fired two additional shots into the dwelling. No one was in that apartment at the time. Investigators believe the suspect used a long barrel rifle, an AR15, and fired a total of three rounds into two apartments. We are unsure of the motivation of this suspect, but Critical Incident Task Force (CITF) investigators believe he was angry and was looking for his lost dog.
Boise Police Arrive: Boise Police arrived on scene approximately 4-5 minutes after the initial call. Eleven Boise Police officers were in the immediate vicinity and observed the suspect standing at the top of the stairwell landing on the second floor of the apartment complex holding a handgun with a flashlight attached to it. The gun was pointed in the direction of the officers. Officers repeatedly issued commands to put the gun down, to which the suspect refused. When the gun and light was pointed in their direction the officers' perceived an imminent danger of death or great bodily harm, and four officers fired at the suspect. We believe they fired a total of 12 rounds, but the exact number of rounds are being confirmed by the CITF investigators.
The suspect, in the mean time, hid behind a wall and none of the 12 shots struck him. Immediately following shots fired by the officers, a dialogue took place with the suspect in which he surrendered. The suspect was taken into custody and charged with Aggravated Assault and Discharge Of a Gun Into An Inhabited Building.
CITF Investigation: The CITF investigation, led by the Ada County Sheriff's Office and joined by investigators from the Meridian and Garden City Police Departments, is expected to continue today and tomorrow morning with further interviews of all officers involved.
Because of the priority the department has placed on the investigation to find the missing 8 year old Robert Manwill, various department employees have been tasked to be involved in this investigation, including the Chief (who serves as the point of contact for the release of this information).
In addition to the initial on-camera interviews to media this morning at 1:30 a.m., the Chief has provided written press releases at 3:00 a.m. and another update with the arrest, identification of suspect and charges at 7:00 a.m. This press release today at 2:00 p.m. will likely be the last update until the Chief contacts the CITF lead investigators on Friday for additional information.
At the media interviews conducted at 2:00 p.m. today, the Chief was asked about the priority of the missing boy investigation and how it impacted the handling of critical incidents, and other crime reporting by the citizens of Boise. Although the missing boy investigation remains the top priority, the department is utilizing all of its staff (both sworn and civilian) to capably handle regular duties as well as special situations like the officer involved shooting which happened last night.