Boise Police Department
News Release

William L. Bones
Chief of Police

Contact: BPD Media Relations Office


Sunday, March 19, 2017

Update: Scene Cleared, Trails Open After Officer-Involved Shooting

Boise Police and the Ada County Critical Incident Task Force have cleared the Hulls Gulch area and the trails are open. The CITF investigation is ongoing.

The six Boise Police Department officers who were forced to fire their duty weapons after being shot at by the suspect are listed below.
    Officer Eric Johnson, 14 years with the Boise Police Department
    Officer Robert Johnson, 11 years with the Boise Police Department
    Officer Andrew Johnson, 16 years with the Boise Police Department
    Officer Chris Zimmer, 4 years with the Boise Police Department 
    Officer Chris Wirshing, 10 years with the Boise Police Department
    Officer Tyjuan Lynn, 1 year with the Boise Police Department


Previously released: Saturday, March 18, 2017

This morning Boise Police responded after reports that a subject was threatening hikers and dogs in the foothills near the Hulls Gulch trails. Boise Police were also notified that the suspect shot and killed one dog.

Boise Police Officers, Fire Fighters and Deputies from the Ada County Sheriff’s Department secured the area and shut down roads for the safety of nearby citizens.

Boise Police Officers found the suspect and as they began to engage him he fired at officers. Several officers returned fire. Officers were able to secure the area and contain the suspect. Officers worked to carefully approach the suspect and found him deceased.

"Our hearts go out to the family who lost a dog this morning and to everyone who felt scared or threatened. We can assure you that the situation is resolved and safe," said Boise Police Chief William Bones. "It's going to take a while to investigate and we ask people to avoid accessing the Hulls Gulch trails until we can clear the scene."

The Ada County Critical Incident Task Force, led by the Meridian Police Department has been activated to investigate the shooting. None of the police officers involved were injured.

The information in this news release is considered preliminary pending the results of the CITF investigation