Boise Police Department
News Release

William L. Bones
Chief of Police

Contact: BPD Media Relations Office


Monday, September 10, 2012

Man with a Gun Call Resolved Peacefully

Boise, Sept. 10, 2012 - Boise Police are getting medical attention to a man who reportedly was walking around his neighborhood carrying a shotgun. Officers were able to talk the man down off his roof. The situation ended peacefully with no injuries.

What Happened: Boise Police were called by a neighbor this morning shortly before 10:00 a.m. who said he'd been approached by a man wearing camo, a bandolier with ammunition and carrying a shotgun. The call came from a resident in the neighborhood just south of W. Overland Road and S. Latah Street. The witness reported the man was talking but not making sense. 

Making the area safe: Officers arrived immediately and found the man, still carrying the shotgun up the roof of his home. Officers worked quickly to make the neighborhood safe, blocking off the streets immediately leading up to the house and checking adjacent residences for anyone inside. Several residents voluntarily chose to leave the area until the situation was cleared.

Talking the man down: Boise officers began speaking to the man who was cooperative. Officers called a deputy with the Ada County Sheriff's Office who knew the man from high school. Together, officers were able to calmly talk the man down off the roof. He's been identified as a war veteran suffering emotional issues. At this time, officers are assisting the man and his family in seeking appropriate medical treatment. 

Officers thank the neighbor the quickly reporting the incident. Further details are not being released so as not to identify the man or his family.