Boise Police Department
News Release

William L. Bones
Chief of Police


Contact: BPD Media Relations Office
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, June 19, 2017

BPD Watch Log: Officers deploy a Taser on man with a knife; Man arrested for robbery and aggravated assault

On Sunday, June 18th around 4:15 am Boise Police officers responded to a call of shots fired on the 100 block of W. Driftwood Road.  When officers arrived they found the suspect, an 82-year-old man, sitting in a pickup truck.  Knowing the suspect was likely armed, officers issued commands to the suspect to exit the vehicle.  The suspect appeared disoriented and began reaching around in his vehicle before he grabbed and held up a large knife.  Officers continued to try and communicate with the suspect and he eventually got out of the vehicle. 

The suspect still would not listen to commands to drop the knife and he remained by his vehicle. Despite continued attempts by officers to get the suspect to drop the knife, he continued to hold on to the deadly weapon and was acting irrationally. It became clear that officers need to stop the already volatile situation from escalating and they needed to prevent the suspect from reentering the vehicle and possibly accessing a firearm, which he had already fired. Officers decided that the quickest and safest course of action for the suspect and the officers on scene was to deploy a Taser to gain the suspects compliance.

Once the Taser was deployed, the suspect gave up the knife and was placed in handcuffs and escorted to a nearby patrol vehicle.  During a search of the suspect’s vehicle, officers found a revolver with three spent shell casings.  The gun was booked into the Ada County Property room.  The suspect was taken to the hospital and the investigation has been routed to the prosecutor for charges.

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Arrested: Christopher Altamirano, 25, Boise

Charges: Aggravated Assault (F), Malicious Injury to Property (F), Robbery (F), Probation violation (F), Trespass (m)

On Saturday, June 17th at 5:15 pm Boise Police were called to a business on the 700 block of N. Lander Street.  A man working at the business witnessed another man in the gated yard of the business.  The worker told the suspect he should not be there but the suspect refused to leave and challenged the worker.  The worker called police, got into his vehicle and locked the door.  The suspect then began to hit the vehicle with a metal rod.  The first officer on scene witnessed the attack and ordered the suspect to get on the ground.  The suspect complied and the officer told the victim to drive forward to avoid another interaction with the suspect.  Additional officers arrived including a police K9.  Once the K9 began barking, the suspect complied with the officer’s commands to put both hands behind his back.  The suspect was then taken into custody.

Upon further investigation officers were able to connect the suspect, Altamirano, to a robbery that happened that day around 3:45 pm. The suspect confronted a stranger in his vehicle in a parking garage on W. Main St. The vehicle’s driver exited the vehicle out of fear and the suspect, Altamirano stole it and drove away.

Altamirano was taken to the hospital before being booked into the Ada County Jail on the above charges.