Arrested: Dakota Morris, 22, Meridian
Charged: Assault or Battery Upon Certain Personnel (F), Use of a Deadly Weapon in Commission of a Felony (F), Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (F), Failure to Appear (F), Failure to Appear (m)
Boise Police Officers took 22-year-old Dakota Morris into custody on Tuesday after he was released from an area hospital following an officer-involved shooting on September 19. Morris was transported to the Ada County Jail where he was booked for two outstanding warrants and three additional charges, including assault on an officer and use of a firearm in commission of a felony crime.
The Ada County Critical Incident Task Force continues to investigate the shooting. The Ada County Sheriff’s Office is the lead agency and the investigation remains ongoing.
Previously released on September 19--
Suspect injured in officer-involved shooting near Fairview Ave.
The Ada County Critical Incident Task Force (CITF) is investigating the officer-involved shooting on Fairview Ave. overnight. The suspect is identified as Dakota Morris, age 22, he is being treated for injuries at a local hospital. Once he is released, he will be taken into custody on outstanding warrants and there are additional felony charges pending related to the events overnight.
Local law enforcement is also currently looking for a woman who was with the suspect prior to police arrival and fled the scene. Police have identified her as a person with knowledge and would like to speak with her. Her name is Dallis Morris, age 20. Anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to call dispatch at 208-377-6790 or Crime Stoppers: at 208-343-COPS (2677), www.343COPS.com, or leave a tip using the “P3 Tips” app for your mobile device.
What Happened: Boise police responded to a business on Fairview Ave. and Maple Grove after receiving a call regarding problem subjects who were acting suspiciously inside the business. When police arrived through one door of the business, the male suspect ran out another door. Officers pursued the suspect on foot across Fairview to the south side of the street and then westbound though parking lots and behind businesses. Officers gave repeated commands to the suspect who continued to flee and brandish a firearm. Additional officers responded to the scene. Those officers were able to confront the suspect after he jumped a fence into another parking lot, due to the suspect’s dangerous and threatening actions while brandishing a weapon, three Boise Police officers were forced to discharge their duty weapons. The officers immediately began performing life saving measures on the suspect until paramedics arrived and took him to a local hospital. Investigators recovered a black Ruger handgun from the scene believed to belong to the suspect. They also located additional evidence the suspect discarded as he fled.
The Boise Police officers who were involved were not injured and are on administrative leave per BPD policy. They are identified as Officer M. Plaisted, 9 years with BPD; Officer V. Moreno, 2.5 years with BPD; Officer T. Schneider, 2 years with BPD.
The CITF investigation led by the Ada County Sherriff’s Office is ongoing and the information in this news release is considered preliminary pending the results of the investigation. On-body camera video has been turned over to the investigation and is not available at this time.
Previously released: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 2:50 a.m.
At 11:27 p.m. Boise Police responded to a call about some problem subjects who were acting suspiciously inside a business on Fairview Ave and Maple Grove. When officers arrived, a male suspect ran from police and refused commands to stop. During a foot pursuit through business lots westbound on Fairview, the suspect displayed a firearm and continued to refuse police orders. Officers encountered the suspect south of Fairview on the 9200 block and after a confrontation were forced to discharge their duty weapons. The suspect was injured and taken by ambulance to a local hospital.
The Ada County Sheriff's Office is leading the Critical Incident Task Force investigation. Fairview Avenue is closed between Mitchell St. and Maple Grove Rd. at this time.