Boise Police Department
News Release

William L. Bones
Chief of Police

Contact: BPD Media Relations Office


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Man surrenders, 14 month old baby is safe after Standoff

11:35pm - Boise Police have one man in custody and a 14 month old baby girl is also safe after an incident that had officers and family members concerned for the safety of the child.

"The presence of a baby made this a particularly delicate situation. We've been very concerned for the safety of that child," said Captain Eugene Smith with the Boise Police Department. "We needed to do all we could to keep that child safe in what we were afraid was a very volatile environment. That meant allowing negotiations to proceed as slowly and methodically as necessary to allow for a peaceful resolution."

What happened: Boise Police were called at 4:40 this afternoon by witnesses who reported a man was acting erratic and dangerously and was possibly under the influence of drugs, in the basement of a home on the 4700 block of North Jullion Way off West McMillan Road in West Boise.

Officers arrived to check on the man and found he had his 14 month old baby girl also in the basement with him. Officers felt the man's erratic behavior was also a danger to the child. The man refused to come out of the home or to allow officers to make sure the child was okay. Officers were also told the man may have access to weapons.

Officers with the Boise Police Crisis Negotiation Team as well as SWAT officers were called to the scene. About seven homes were effected when Jullion Way was blocked to traffic to allow for the safety of police operations. No homes were evacuated but residents were told to stay inside their homes.

After several hours of careful negotiations, at approximately 11:25 p.m., the man surrendered and handed over the child to officers.

The child has been placed in protective custody.

The man, a Boise resident in his 30's has been placed in the custody of Idaho Health and Welfare. Officers will forward their reports to prosecutors for review for possible criminal charges concerning child endangerment.