Boise Police Department
News Release

William L. Bones
Chief of Police

Contact: BPD Media Relations Office


Sunday, July 21, 2013

Man Charged After Pulling Gun on Officers

   Boise Police arrested a man overnight on charges of attempted murder after the man pulled a gun on officers in an apparent attempt to shoot them. The man is also charged with battery for kicking an officer. It all began as officers were responding to a report of domestic violence. 

   Arrested: James N. Twitchell, 55, Boise

   Charged: Attempted Murder (F) 2 counts of Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer (F), Domestic Assault (m)  

   Boise Police were contacted at approximately 7:30 p.m. Saturday night by a woman reporting she had been the victim of a domestic violence incident at a home near N. Five Mile and W. Ustick Roads. The woman had left the residence and officers met with her at a safe location. 

   Two officers then went to the home near Ustick and Five Mile to speak with the suspect. The man allowed both officers in and as they walked inside, the man reached for a handgun from the top of an entertainment center and began to turn toward the officers. After a struggle, the officers were able to disarm the suspect and take him into custody. During the investigation that followed, officers found evidence the man had grabbed the gun with the intention of shooting the officers.

   No shots were fired by either the suspect or officers in this incident.

   During the struggle, one officer suffered injuries to his hand. He has been treated and released from the hospital. 

   The suspect suffered injuries to his face during the struggle. While he was at a hospital being treated he kicked an officer in the chest, resulting in the battery charge. After medical personnel had treated the suspect, he was booked into the Ada County Jail on the above charges.

For further information, please contact Ada County Prosecutors.